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In the spirit of the What is a Word/Phrase™ series started by JLee.


If a word conforms to a specific pattern, I call it a Dominant Word™. Use the words below to figure out the pattern!
(Pardon the formatting, I haven't figured out how to use the popular template)

$$ % set Title text. (spaces around the text ARE important; do not remove.) % increase Pad value only if your entries are longer than the title bar. % \def\Pad{\P{0.0}} \def\Title{\textbf{ Dominant }} % \def\S#1#2{\Space{#1}{20px}{#2px}}\def\P#1{\V{#1em}}\def\V#1{\S{#1}{9}} \def\T{\Title\textbf{Words}^{\;\!™}\Pad}\def\NT{\Pad\textbf{Not}\T\ }\displaystyle \smash{\lower{29px}\bbox[yellow]{\phantom{\rlap{rubio.2019.05.15}\S{6px}{0} \begin{array}{cc}\Pad\T&\NT\\\end{array}}}}\atop\def\V#1{\S{#1}{5}} \begin{array}{|c|c|}\hline\Pad\T&\NT\\\hline % \text{ MEOW}&\text{ BARK}\\ \hline \text{ COMMUNE}&\text{ GATHER}\\ \hline \text{ VOID}&\text{ ABYSS}\\ \hline \text{ COUNTRY}&\text{ JAZZ}\\ \hline \text{ MELT}&\text{ FREEZE}\\ \hline \text{ TEXTILE}&\text{ PANTS}\\ \hline \text{ KING}&\text{ QUEEN}\\ \hline \text{ NOODLE}&\text{ WONTON}\\ \hline \end{array}$$


And, if you want to analyze, here is a CSV version:

Dominant Words™,Not Dominant Words™
MEOW,BARK
COMMUNE,GATHER
VOID,ABYSS
COUNTRY,JAZZ
MELT,FREEZE
TEXTILE,PANTS
KING,QUEEN
NOODLE,WONTON

Explain the pattern and the question title as well!

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A Dominant Word:

Contains at least one letter which is also a Roman numeral (I, V, X, L, C, D, M).

Like so:

MEOW, COMMUNE, VOID, COUNTRY, MELT, TEXTILE, KING, NOODLE

As for the name:

This may potentially reference the dominance of the Roman Empire, historically speaking. Furthermore, DOMINANT follows the rule itself...

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  • $\begingroup$ you're prompt and accurate! $\endgroup$ – Luke Aug 8 at 16:40
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    $\begingroup$ @Luke Well, if I'd missed this one I'd have been LIVID ;-) $\endgroup$ – Stiv Aug 8 at 16:41

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