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PREVA'ILING, participle present tense Gaining advantage, superiority or victory; having effect; persuading; succeeding.

1. adjective Predominant; having more influence; prevalent; superior in power. The love of money and the love of power are the prevailing passions of men.

2. Efficacious.

Saints shall assist thee with prevailing prayers.

3. Predominant; most general; as the prevailing disease of a climate; a prevailing opinion. Intemperance is the prevailing vice of many countries.