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No mans error becomes his own Law; nor obliges him to persist in it.Thomas Hobbes
Third person singular
- (intransitive) To be superior in strength, dominance, influence or frequency; to have or gain the advantage over others; to have the upper hand; to outnumber others.
- Red colour prevails in the Canadian flag.
- (intransitive) To be current, widespread or predominant; to have currency or prevalence.
- In his day and age, such practices prevailed all over Europe.
- (intransitive) To succeed in persuading or inducing.
- I prevailed on him to wait.
- to be superior in strength
- 1611, King James Version of the Bible (Authorized Version), Exodus 17:11
- And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.
To be superior in strength, dominance, influence or frequency; to have or gain the advantage over others; to have the upper hand
To be current, widespread or predominant; to have currency or prevalence
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- German: die Vorherrschaft erringen (over über) (1), sich durchsetzen (against gegen) (1), vorherrschen (2)
- Spanish: prevalecer
- Portuguese: prevalecer
- "prevail" at The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.
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