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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.
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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.