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    prevalence - Dictionary definition and meaning for word prevalence

    Definition
    (noun) the quality of prevailing generally; being widespread
    Example Sentence
    • he was surprised by the prevalence of optimism about the future
    Definition
    (noun) (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 Definition
    (noun) a superiority in numbers or amount
    Synonyms : preponderance
    Example Sentence
    • a preponderance of evidence against the defendant
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