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Prevalent; paramount in force or effect; of primary importance or consideration. That which is dominant possesses rights that prevail over those of others.

In Property Law, the estate to which an Easement, or right of use, is given is called the dominant tenement or estate, and the one upon which the easement is imposed is called the servient tenement or estate.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

DOMINANT. estates. In the civil law, this term is used to signify the estate to which a servitude or easement is due from another estate; for example, where the owners of the estate, Blackacre, have a right of way or passage over the estate Whiteacre, the former is called the dominant, and the latter the servient estate. Bouv. Inst. n. 1600.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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When compared individually in males and females with eyes open, dominant hand was faster as compared to the non-dominant hand and was found to be statistically significant.
Assuming your dominant hand/ arm was injured before you drew your gun, reach across and grab the grip of your gun and remove it from the holster.
The majority of the participants were right-side dominant (n=14).
Based on the conclusions of previous studies, we expected that use of BIA would also allow us to determine whether there are typical differences between dominant and non-dominant upper limbs in young tennis players.
Another baseball study showed that a 0.6 neutral-density (ND) filter placed over the non-dominant eye had little effect on hitting ability but the same filter over the dominant eye had a very significant impact.
Other leathers (shorts, pants, chaps, vest, jacket--usually in that order) would be presented to the submissive when the Dominant felt they had properly learned some aspect of the leather culture or had pleased the Dominant in some way.
Several factors determine whether a crayfish will emerge as the dominant or the subordinate.
Comparison of the dominant and non-dominant side of the racquet players was done using 2-tailed, dependent-sample paired t test.
It is possible to identify certain common themes in the ways in which the large body of literature has analyzed dominant parties, and dominant-party systems in various countries.
'As it is, its present procedure has resulted in the travesty of democracy, where the administration majority parties have become nothing else but more dominant, and the minority opposition more marginalized than ever before,' she said.
De Lima cited the Supreme Court's ruling in the 2004 case of Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino against the poll body that"the purpose of according dominant status and representation to a minority party is precisely to serve as an effective check on the majority." According to De Lima, the Omnibus Election Code definesthe dominant opposition party as "that political party, group or organization or coalition of major national or regional political parties opposedto the majority party, which has the capability to wage a bona fide nationwide campaign as shown by the extent of its organization.