pre·vail /pri-'vāl/ vi1: to obtain substantially the relief or action sought in a lawsuit2: to be frequent or predominantthe prevail ing rate
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam-Webster. 1996.
(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
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
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
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. William C. Burton. 2006
v.(1) To win.(2) To be common or widespread.
The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008.