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From dominant +‎ -ance.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈdɒmɪnəns/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈdɑːmɪnəns/


dominance (countable and uncountable, plural dominances)

  1. The state of being dominant; of prime importance; supremacy.
    • 2011 September 29, Jon Smith, “Tottenham 3 - 1 Shamrock Rovers”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      But with the lively Dos Santos pulling the strings behind strikers Pavlyuchenko and Defoe, Spurs controlled the first half without finding the breakthrough their dominance deserved.
    • 2019, Li Huang; James Lambert, “Another Arrow for the Quiver: A New Methodology for Multilingual Researchers”, in Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, →DOI, page 5:
      Thus approximately 98% of signs contained English, and 93.5% of signs were wholly in English. As far as linguistic landscapes go, this is a case of extreme monolingual dominance in a multilingual setting.
  2. Being in a position of power, authority or ascendancy over others.
    • 2010, BioWare, Mass Effect 2 (Science Fiction), Redwood City: Electronic Arts, →OCLC, PC:
      Shepard: Too many lives were lost at that base. I'm not sorry it's gone.
      Illusive Man: The first of many lives.
      Illusive Man: The technology from that base could have secured human dominance in the galaxy. Against the Reapers and beyond.
  3. (physiology) The superior development of or preference for one side of the body or one of a pair of organs; such as being right-handed.
  4. (biology, genetics) The property of a gene such that it suppresses the expression of its allele.

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dominance f (plural dominances)

  1. dominance

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