Prevalent vs Prevailing Hi everyone. Could anyone explain the difference between "prevalent" vs "prevailing"? I believe these two words are similar to the word "dominating", but I don't have a clear idea about the difference. Any help will be really appreciated. Thank you for your help in advance:) Regards, Nanako
Nov 26, 2016 3:13 AM
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Sure, these two words are quite similar in nature but the distinction lies in the context of speech. 1. Prevalent means that there is a large or widespread 'presence' of something, for example you can say: "Japanese cars are more 'prevalent' in America than in China." 2. Prevail means that something will take over another thing in terms of quantity, force, or willpower. for example, you can say: "Although there is a lot of bad things happening in the world today, I believe goodness will 'prevail". Hope this helps, Robbie
November 26, 2016
Prevalent is that you've already prevailed, and prevailing is that you're in the act of prevailing.
November 26, 2016
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