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predominant +‎ -ly


  • IPA(key): /pɹɪˈdɒmɪnəntli/
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predominantly (comparative more predominantly, superlative most predominantly)

  1. In a predominant manner. Most commonly or frequently by a large margin.
    The membership is predominantly elderly, 90% are over age 60.
    • 1992, Rudolf M[athias] Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, New York, N.Y.: Columbia University Press, →ISBN, page 3:
      Both groups are predominantly confined to areas with warm to tropical climates []
    • 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:
      The first phase of our pilot study found that the signage on the campus grounds was well regulated by the institution and was predominantly English.

Usage notes[edit]

This adverb form of the adjective predominant is preferred over predominately (the adverb form of the adjective predominate), which is considered dated or non-standard.