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From Middle French dominant.

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dominant (plural dominants)

  1. (music) The fifth major tone of a musical scale (five major steps above the note in question); thus G is the dominant of C, A of D, and so on.
  2. (music) The triad built on the dominant tone.
  3. (genetics) A gene that is dominant.
    • 1930, R. A. Fisher, ‎J. H. Bennett, The Genetical Theory of Natural Selection (page 50)
      Finally, if we suppose provisionally that the mutant genes are dominant just as often as they are recessive, selection will be far more severe in eliminating the disadvantageous dominants than in eliminating the disadvantageous recessives.
  4. A species or organism that is dominant.
    • 1966, John R. Bassett, ‎Southern Forest Experiment Station (New Orleans, La.), Thinning loblolly pine from above and below
      Landowners cannot afford to cut submerchantable trees, yet many hesitate to cut merchantable dominants and codominants at the risk of downgrading the residual stand.
  5. (BDSM) The dominating partner in sadomasochistic sexual activity.
    • 2011, Jayne Rylon, Mistress's Master (page 65)
      His story was a fable you told dominants in training to stress the importance of comprehending the depths of your submissive's needs.

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dominant (comparative more dominant, superlative most dominant)

  1. Ruling; governing; prevailing
    The dominant party controlled the government.
    • Macaulay
      The member of a dominant race is, in his dealings with the subject race, seldom indeed fraudulent, [] but imperious, insolent, and cruel.
  2. Predominant, common, prevalent, of greatest importance.
    The dominant plants of the Carboniferous were lycopods and early conifers.
    • 2009, H. Stephen Stoker, General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry, page 10
      All other elements are mere "impurities" when their abundances are compared with those of these two dominant elements.
  3. (medicine) Designating the follicle which will survive atresia and permit ovulation.

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dominant (masculine and feminine plural dominants)

  1. dominant

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dominant (comparative dominanter, superlative dominantst)

  1. dominant

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Inflection of dominant
uninflected dominant
inflected dominante
comparative dominanter
positive comparative superlative
predicative/adverbial dominant dominanter het dominantst
het dominantste
indefinite m./f. sing. dominante dominantere dominantste
n. sing. dominant dominanter dominantste
plural dominante dominantere dominantste
definite dominante dominantere dominantste
partitive dominants dominanters

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dominant

  1. present participle of dominer

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dominant (feminine singular dominante, masculine plural dominants, feminine plural dominantes)

  1. dominant

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dominant (comparative dominanter, superlative am dominantesten)

  1. dominant

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