what is the difference between prevailing and prevalent?
when should i use prevailing and when should i use prevalent?
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'prevailing' is a present participle, a verbal, and it has the potential to function adjectivally. 'prevalent' is an adj.
If something is "prevalent", it is common and easily found. If something is "prevailing", it is predominant, which could indicate greater power or influence. However, prevalent simply means that something is common.
Originally Posted by naja1992
prevalent: Definition, Synonyms from Answers.com
Widely or commonly occurring, existing, accepted, or practiced.
prevailing: Definition, Synonyms from Answers.com
SYNONYMS prevailing, prevalent, current. These adjectives denote what exists or is encountered generally at a particular time. Prevailing applies to what is most frequent or common at a certain time or in a certain place: took a poll to find the prevailing opinion. Prevalent suggests widespread existence or occurrence but does not imply predominance: a belief that was prevalent in the Middle Ages. Current often stresses the present time and is frequently applied to what is subject to frequent change: current psychoanalytic theories.
- Most frequent or common; predominant.
- Generally current; widespread.
Originally Posted by svartnik