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Word: prevail

Definition: be widespread; triumph over; gain victory; prevail on: persuade; induce; Ex. Justice has prevailed; Ex. prevail on someone to do something


Sentences Containing 'prevail'

A wise man will not leave the right to the mercy of chance, nor wish it to prevail through the power of the majority.
Among the deposits of precious metals in Primorsky Krai silver and gold-silver deposits prevail.
Another tenet is that a contractor cannot prevail on its claim for equitable adjustment unless it shows that its interpretation of the contract is reasonable.
Arkansas Activities Association rules prevail in case of a conflict with standard USBC rules.
Bunny had always admired the older, charming Raffles who was a top sportsman and seemed to prevail in anything he did.
Burnes, however, was unable to prevail on the governor-general, Lord Auckland, to respond to the amir's advances.
But the ship, having her full complement of seamen, spurned his suit; and not all the King his father's influence could prevail.
But which groups will ultimately prevail, no man can predict; for we know that many groups, formerly most extensively developed, have now become extinct.
Closing the door upon the landlady, I endeavored to prevail upon Queequeg to take a chair; but in vain.
For all these things, if once though but for a while, they begin to please, they presently prevail, and pervert a man's mind, or turn a man from the right way.
For it is the part and privilege of the reasonable and intellective faculty, that she can so bound herself, as that neither the sensitive, nor the appetitive faculties, may not anyways prevail upon her.
Gottlund sought financial backing from Norway, Sweden and Finland for further publications relating to the Forest Finns of Norway and Sweden, to no prevail.
He promoted the establishment of the professorship of archaeology in Finland, to no prevail.
He said, “if it were possible there could be any country where _Yahoos_ alone were endued with reason, they certainly must be the governing animal; because reason in time will always prevail against brutal strength.
He will be more likely to prevail if he can interest their self-love in his favour, and shew them that it is for their own advantage to do for him what he requires of them.
However United went on to turn the game around and prevail 3–2 winners.
I cast my vote, perchance, as I think right; but I am not vitally concerned that that right should prevail.
I do not hesitate to say, that those who call themselves Abolitionists should at once effectually withdraw their support, both in person and property, from the government of Massachusetts, and not wait till they constitute a majority of one, before they suffer the right to prevail through them.
In the case of a union, it would probably prevail less in Ireland than in Scotland; and the colonies would probably soon enjoy a degree of concord and unanimity, at present unknown in any part of the British empire.
In the council chamber, on the other hand, their 30 seats are not an absolute majority and they do not always prevail.
It is only expressing to men feebly your desire that it should prevail.
It must be a miserable imposture, indeed, that does not prevail in that contest.
It was naturally to be expected, therefore, that folly, negligence, and profusion, should prevail in the whole management of their affairs.
It was not until we had rung three or four times that we could prevail on Mrs. Crupp to communicate with us, but at last she appeared, being a stout lady with a flounce of flannel petticoat below a nankeen gown.
Mr. Peggotty suggesting to me, in a whisper, what had already occurred to myself, I took out my purse; but I could not prevail upon her to accept any money, nor could I exact any promise from her that she would do so at another time.
Nature will always maintain her rights, and prevail in the end over any abstract reasoning whatsoever.
Negligence and profusion, therefore, must always prevail, more or less, in the management of the affairs of such a company.
Not only have many fresh-water species, belonging to different classes, an enormous range, but allied species prevail in a remarkable manner throughout the world.
On May 2, 1866, Marshal Lopez ordered an offensive reconnaissance south of Estero Bellaco, to prevail the location of the opponent.
On the contrary, he must acknowledge, if he will acknowledge anything, that all human life must perish, were his principles universally and steadily to prevail.
Only necessary changes were to be made, but the principle of harmonising the scripture was to prevail, and there were to be short notes.
Quoted from her Senate speech: Mr. President, if we do take action in Iraq, there is no doubt that our armed forces will prevail.
She was teased by Mr. Collins, who continued most perseveringly by her side, and though he could not prevail on her to dance with him again, put it out of her power to dance with others.
So it is with the inhabitants of lakes and marshes, excepting in so far as great facility of transport has allowed the same forms to prevail throughout large portions of the world.
The coal is hard coal. By the output of the volatile substances and the caking ability long-flame coals prevail.
The coal is hard coal. By the output of the volatile substances and the caking ability rich coals prevail.
The communists were strong enough to greatly reduce the strength of the warlords; at the same time the communists would be weakened by the fighting, making it easier for the Kuomintang to prevail.
The debate tangentially discussed the rivalry between criollos and peninsulars; the Viceroy supporters felt that the will of peninsulars should prevail over that of criollos.
The disorders which generally prevail in the economy of the rich, naturally introduce themselves into the management of the former; the strict frugality and parsimonious attention of the poor as naturally establish themselves in that of the latter.
The faintest assured objection which one healthy man feels will at length prevail over the arguments and customs of mankind.
The field umpire then signals whether the batter swung, and such a judgment must, by rule, prevail.
The king would be the most absolute prince in the universe, if he could but prevail on a ministry to join with him; but these having their estates below on the continent, and considering that the office of a favourite has a very uncertain tenure, would never consent to the enslaving of their country.
The objections which have been brought against a standing army, and they are many and weighty, and deserve to prevail, may also at last be brought against a standing government.
The quality of his music always managed to prevail obstacles like these during his career.
The tendency to reversion may often check or prevent the work; but as this tendency has not prevented man from forming by selection numerous domestic races, why should it prevail against natural selection?
These bore fruit in October 1967, when the governments of Kenya and Somalia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (the Arusha Memorandum) that resulted in an official ceasefire, though regional security did not prevail until 1969.
This affords room for many general observations concerning the gradual change of our sentiments and inclinations, and the different maxims which prevail in the different ages of human creatures.
What a strange anomaly it would be if a directly opposite rule were to prevail when we go down one step lower in the series, namely to the individuals of the same species, and these had not been, at least at first, confined to some one region!
``Would he,''asked Mr. Lorry,``be sensibly relieved if he could prevail upon himself to impart that secret brooding to any one, when it is on him?''
“Based on what you have to say and what I know about you from your attorney, I know that you will succeed when you’re released and that you will prevail.

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