Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The condition of being greater in power, influence, or force than another or others; predominance.
  • n. Genetics The ability of one parent, variety, or strain to transmit individual traits to an offspring, apparently to the exclusion of the other parent, variety, or strain.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality or condition of being prepotent; predominance.
  • n. The capacity, on the part of one of the parents, as compared with the other, to transmit more than his or her own share of characteristics to their offspring.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or condition of being prepotent; predominance.
  • n. The capacity, on the part of one of the parents, as compared with the other, to transmit more than his or her own share of characteristics to their offspring.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being prepotent; superior power, influence, or efficiency; predominance; prevalence.
  • n. In biology, the preponderating power or tendency of one germ-cell, one parent, or one ancestor to fix the character of descendants.
  • n. The resemblance of a child to its parent of the same sex as regards any quality.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the state of being predominant over others

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Examples

  • By contrast, the vacant gazeof Alexander betrayed, not the ecstasies of prepotency, but its apprehensions.

    FORGE OF EMPIRES 1861-1871

  • Were the Jews to discontinue all intermarriage with “other races” henceforth for ever, it would depend upon quite unknown laws of fecundity, prepotency, and variability, what their final type would be, or, indeed, whether any particular type would ever prevail over diversity.

    A Modern Utopia

  • The retired Democratic Army soldier wondered if Dhamjjalla felt a hint of that same prepotency when he woke each morning.

    Mission Of Honor

  • All of them -- all of them protected, of course, by the Geneva Convention. and the JAG, the Judge Advocate General, has the responsibility and prepotency to see that the Geneva Convention is followed throughout our troops.

    CNN Transcript Nov 26, 2001

  • "For me the tragedy lay in Spanish weakness rather than in American prepotency ... due to tragic and comic disproportion between the spirit and the flesh."

    Dan Miller: "Harvard, We Have a Problem"

  • The chances of a new Alliance for Progress are very slim and even slimmer that they may include Cuba at a time when, they believe, Cuba will not be able to handle the difficulties that may surface in this time of excitement and prepotency when they talk about settling accounts with Cuba.

    Cuba's Castro Conducts Interview on National TV

  • However, we do know that imperialist arrogance, self-sufficiency, and prepotency has grown.

    Castro Gives Speech at `Pedagogy 90' Congress

  • Angie felt the run of her nerves as she faced him, all raw masculinity, male features carved in austerely handsome lines and a leanly muscled physique stamped with prepotency.

    Terms Of Surrender

  • The sound of weapons, of threatening words and prepotency in the international arena must cease. [applause]

    MEETS OFFICIALS AT UN:DEPARTS FOR HOME

  • Somewhat closely connected with this last fact is another equally important, the fact of prepotency in a stud dog, consisting of the capacity on the part of the dog to transmit his share of characteristics to his offspring in a far larger degree than is imparted by the average dog.

    The Boston Terrier and All About It A Practical, Scientific, and Up to Date Guide to the Breeding of the American Dog

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