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PREV'ALENCY, noun Superior strength, influence or efficacy; most efficacious force in producing an effect.

The duke better knew what kind of arguments were of prevalence with him.

1. Predominance; most general reception or practice; as the prevalence of vice, or of corrupt maxims; the prevalence of opinion or fashion.

2. Most general existence or extension; as, the prevalence of a disease.

3. Success; as the prevalence of prayer.