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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: , present participle of praevalere; PREVAIL

prevalent

adjective
     
prev‧a‧lent
common at a particular time, in a particular place, or among a particular group of people
prevalent in/among etc
Solvent abuse is especially prevalent among younger teenagers.
the prevalent belief in astrology
prevalence noun [singular,uncountable]
the prevalence of deafness in older age groups

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