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  1. simple past tense and past participle of prevail
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These crucial means of breeding prevailed throughout the Jurassic and Cretaceous times.
As they had been almost completely destroyed it was impossible to enter owing to the afterdamp which prevailed.
He viewed the world as one where the law of the jungle prevailed and the strong could kill the weak.
Sense has prevailed, but it does make you wonder about the comments on regulation in New Zealand by McFarlane.
I see that sanity has prevailed and this crazy and unnecessary idea has now been put into abeyance.
But Greek monasticism was not eclipsed until the thirteenth century, when Latin culture finally prevailed in southern Italy.

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