AskDefine | Define predominant

Dictionary Definition

predominant adj
1 most frequent or common; "prevailing winds" [syn: prevailing]
2 having superior power and influence; "the predominant mood among policy-makers is optimism" [syn: overriding, paramount, predominate, preponderant, preponderating]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. the most common or widespread; prevalent
  2. the most significant or important; dominant


the most common or widespread; prevalent
  • Czech: převažující
  • Finnish: vallitseva
  • Hungarian: túlnyomó
  • Russian: преобладающий
the most significant or important; dominant
  • Finnish: vallitseva, hallitseva
  • Hungarian: uralkodó
  • Russian: господствующий, доминирующий

Extensive Definition

A predominant chord in musical theory is any chord which leads naturally to a dominant chord. Common predominant chords are ii, IV, vi, and V/V. Other examples are bVII and bVI. The predominant harmonic function is part of the fundamental harmonic progression of many classical works.

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