Prevailing - Dominant or current
Prevailing describes something that is current or dominant at a particular time.
Previous failings (prevailing) had made her wiser, so currently she was a top (dominant) business person.
Examples of prevailing in a sentence
The prevailing winds made it impossible to cross the lake.
During the discussions, the prevailing attitudes towards the minority group were openly criticised.
The exhibition attempted to explore the prevailing culture during the expansion of the British Empire.