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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Prevalence  \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. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  the  quality  of  prevailing  generally;  being  widespread;  "the 
  prevalence  of  dysentery  is  horrible" 
  2:  a  superiority  in  numbers  [syn:  {preponderance}] 

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