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English noun: prevalence

1. prevalence (attribute) the quality of prevailing generally; being widespread

SamplesHe was surprised by the prevalence of optimism about the future.

Broader (hypernym)generality

Narrower (hyponym)currency

2. prevalence (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

Broader (hypernym)ratio

Domain categoryepidemiology

3. prevalence (attribute) a superiority in numbers or amount

SamplesA preponderance of evidence against the defendant.


Broader (hypernym)figure, number

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