AskDefine | Define dominance

Dictionary Definition



1 superior development of one side of the body [syn: laterality]
2 the state that exists when one person or group has power over another; "her apparent dominance of her husband was really her attempt to make him pay attention to her" [syn: ascendance, ascendence, ascendancy, ascendency, control]
3 the power or right to give orders or make decisions; "he has the authority to issue warrants"; "deputies are given authorization to make arrests" [syn: authority, authorization, authorisation, say-so]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. The state of being dominant; of prime importance; supremacy.
  2. Being in a position of power, authority or ascendancy over others.
  3. The superior development or preference for one side of the body or of one of a pair of organs; such as being right-handed.
  4. The property of a gene such that it supresses the expression of its allele.

Derived terms


state of being dominant; of prime importance; supremacy

Extensive Definition

The term Dominance may refer to:
  • Dominance (ethology), in biology and anthropology, the state of having high social status relative to other individuals
  • Dominance relationship, in genetics, a specific relationship between the effects of different versions of a gene
  • Dominance (economics), in economics, the degree of inequality in market share distribution
  • Dominance (game theory), in game theory, when one strategy is better for one opponent regardless of the other opponent's strategy
  • Dominance hierarchy or social hierarchy is an organizational form by which individuals within a community control the distribution of resources within the community.
  • Ocular dominance, for when one eye is preferred over the other
  • Dominance and submission, set of behaviors, customs, and rituals in an erotic or lifestyle context
  • Dominance (C++), an aspect of virtual inheritance in the C++ programming language
  • Dominance (purchasing) The BT @ DS, a raw yet polished purveyor of massive cost control with an uncanny ability to crush supplier willpower and spirit- all the while building deep and vast business relationships. A true renaissance man, yet surprisingly relatable, BT has been known to dominate in many facets... including, but not limited to, online forums, futbol, fistfights, negotiations, and cake eating


  • Dominance (game theory) is a method of simplification for games.
  • Stochastic dominance, a situation in which one lottery (a probability distribution of outcomes) can be ranked as superior to another, with only limited knowledge of preferences

See also

dominance in Danish: Dominans
dominance in German: Dominanz

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