What does the word prevailing mean?

Usage examples for prevailing

  1. From this report we learn that at the time there were three different systems of government prevailing in the American colonies. – A History of the Four Georges, Volume I (of 4) by Justin McCarthy
  2. And, the Protestant Successor himself, if he be not wholly governed by the prevailing party, will first be declared no Protestant; and next, no Successor. – His Majesties Declaration Defended by John Dryden
  3. And now there was a new voice- more prevailing voice- the voice of her happiness. – Lifted Masks Stories by Susan Glaspell