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Dictionary Definition

dominant adj
1 exercising influence or control; "television plays a dominant role in molding public opinion"; "the dominant partner in the marriage" [ant: subordinate]
2 of genes; producing the same phenotype whether its allele is identical or dissimilar [ant: recessive] n : (music) the fifth note of the diatonic scale

User Contributed Dictionary



From dominant.


  • (UK) /ˈdɒmɪnənt/, /"dQm@n@nt/
  • (US) /ˈdɑmənənt/, /"dAm@n@nt/


  1. 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. The triad built on the dominant tone.


tone of a musical scale


  1. Ruling; governing; prevailing; controlling; predominant; as, the dominant party, church, spirit, power.



  • Czech: převládající
  • Finnish: vallitseva, hallitseva
  • German: dominant
  • Hebrew: דומיננטי
  • Japanese: 支配的な



Verb form



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Extensive Definition

Domination is the condition of having control or power over people, animals, or things.
The terms Domination or dominant may refer to:






dominant in Danish: Dominans
dominant in German: Dominanz
dominant in French: Dominant
dominant in Hebrew: דומיננטי
dominant in Dutch: Dominant
dominant in Norwegian: Dominant
dominant in Low German: Dominanz
dominant in Russian: Доминанта
dominant in Slovak: Dominant
dominant in Ukrainian: Домінанта

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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