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prevailing

adjective uk   /prɪˈveɪ.lɪŋ/ us  
existing in a particular place or at a particular time: the prevailing attitude The prevailing mood is one of optimism. prevailing wind a wind that usually blows in a particular place: The town is kept cool by the prevailing westerly winds.
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