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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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They were dominating tennis as youngsters and now older players dominate, not the younger ones," Nadal's former coach added.
We use a 0-1 matrix pattern A with m rows and n columns to represent a dominating set D of [C.sub.m][??][C.sub.n.], where (i, j) [member of] D if and only if the value at the entry (i, j) of A equals 1.
A dominating set S is called an independent dominating set of G if no two vertices of S are adjacent.
The market performance this week did not differ much from that of last week as anticipation is dominating the scene waiting for 2011 final data.
According to Rahim (1986), the five styles for resolving conflicts are integrating, obliging, compromising, avoiding and dominating. Integrating style chooses win-win strategy and involves openness, exchange of information and examination of differences to reach an effective solution acceptable to both parties.
With Tiger Woods looking, with every passing week, like a has-been and Europe dominating Majors and the world rankings, the Americans are desperate for a new hero.
Cockayne and Hedetniemi defined the domatic number d(G) of a graph G to be the maximum number of sets in a partition of V(G) into dominating sets.
Another feature is a passive acceptance of the supposed superiority of the dominating group's culture and its right to dominate.
The countdown to Tendulkar's latest landmark has been dominating airtime in cricket-crazy India with TV channels and newspapers running specials to commemorate his achievement.
The second half started as the first finished, with Marske dominating play.
A set D of vertices in a graph G=(V,E) is a dominating set of G if every vertex in V\D is adjacent to some vertex in D.
He was the author of 'The Age of Reason'; 'Common Sense'; and 'The Rights of Man', three of the most important treatises to provide the philosophical underpinnings to America's colonial struggle for emancipation from a dominate and dominating England.