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Other Prevalence Definition

[n] the quality of prevailing generally; being widespread; "he was surprised by the prevalence of optimism about the future"
[n] a superiority in numbers or amount; "there is a preponderance of Blacks in our prisons"
[n] (epidemiology) the ratio (for a given time period) of the number of occurrences of a disease or event to the number of units at risk in the population

Synonyms

preponderance

Misc. Definitions

\Prev"a*lence\, n. [L. praevalentia: cf. F. pr['e]valence. See {Prevail}.] The quality or condition of being prevalent; superior strength, force, or influence; general existence, reception, or practice; wide extension; as, the prevalence of virtue, of a fashion, or of a disease; the prevalence of a rumor. The duke better knew what kind of argument were of prevalence with him. --Clarendon.

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