pre·vail /pri-'vāl/ vi
1: to obtain substantially the relief or action sought in a lawsuit
2: to be frequent or predominant
the prevail ing rate

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I (be in force) verb be in general use, control, dictate, direct, dominate, domineer, exist widely, govern, guide, have authority over, have charge of, have dominion over, have force, have superiority over, predominate, preponderate associated concepts: prevailing rate of interest, prevailing rate of wages II (persuade) verb actuate, argue into, bring around, cajole, carry weight with, coax, convert, convince, enlist, gain the confidence of, guide, have effect, impel, incite, indoctrinate, induce, influence, inspire, inveigle, lure, motivate, move, persuadere, prompt, propagandize, seduce, sway, urge, wear down, win over, woo III (triumph) verb be a winner, be effective, be efficacious, be in control, be in general use, be in the ascendant, be prevalent, be successful, be the victor, be triumphant, be victorious, carry authority, command, conquer, control, dominate, exceed, excel, gain a victory, gain the advantage, gain the upper hand, get the upper hand, have mastery, have superiority, lead, master, meet with success, overcome, predominate, preponderate, prosper, quell, reign, rule, subdue, succeed, superare, suppress, surmount, surpass, take over, thrive, transcend, vincere, win associated concepts: prevail in a court of law, prevailing party IV index carry (succeed), coax, continue (persevere), convert (persuade), dominate, endure (last), last, outbalance, outweigh, pass (satisfy requirements), persevere, persist, predominate (command), remain (continue), subsist, succeed (attain), surpass, transcend

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

(1) To win.
(2) To be common or widespread.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


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