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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.


adjective ascendant, authoritative, chief, commanding, controlling, eminent, first, governing, hegemonical, influential, leading, main, master, overshadowing, paramount, predominant, preeminent, preponderant, prepotent, prevalent, primary, prime, principal, regnant, ruling, sovereign, superior, supreme, unsurpassed, weighty
Associated concepts: dominant aspect rule, dominant essate, dominant land, dominant party, dominant right, dommnant tenant, serviant land
See also: absolute, cardinal, causative, central, compelling, considerable, current, essential, forcible, influential, leading, master, omnipotent, outstanding, potent, powerful, predominant, prevailing, prevalent, primary, prime, principal, rampant, rife, salient, sovereign, stellar

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.

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When a submissive automatically takes something they've been told and they implement it into the relationship/lifestyle, that is impressive to a Dominant and we want to reward them for having done so.
In pairwise comparison, original dominants clearly dominated intruders (DOM = 98.
During the intruder phase (P2), intruders performed similar average numbers of aggressive acts toward the dominants (11.
Experiment 3: separate defeat of dominants and subordinates
Interestingly, during this intruder period the larger intruders defeated all of the original subordinates, but only 80% of original dominants (12 of 15).
Dominance indices remained significantly higher for original dominants than for original subordinates when the animals were reunited during P3 (DOM = 91.
To test the effects of a 20-min separation period between P1 and P3, and to identify effects of multiple tank transfers, we performed the following control experiment: after P1, dominants and subordinates of equal sizes were isolated for 20 min in separate tanks, with no other animal present, and then reunited in a new tank for P3.
In addition, the dominance indices of the original dominants (65.
In these pairs, in which no intruder was added during P2, no rank reversals occurred, and the dominance indices of dominants remained significantly higher than in subordinates over all three periods (in P1, DOM = 97.
In P1, a dominance relationship was established; the dominance indices of the dominants (94.