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Here is the definition of prevalent from Cambridge:

Prevalent: existing a lot in a particular group, area, or at a particular time:

It doesn't tell anything about the connotation of the word. But in many examples it collocates with negative things. For example:

These diseases are more prevalent among young children.

In many examples I see that prevalent collocates with a kind of disease. But suppose the following example:

... It is a point of view which is still prevalent.

When we use prevalent for something like an Idea, does the reader think of a sort of negative idea? I just want to say that this idea is very common, without any judgment!

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  • What point of view are you talking about? Whether you say "still prevalent" or "still common", it seems as if you are pointing to something that is questionable, that will be disappearing. Oct 10, 2020 at 3:19
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    Good and bad things can both be prevalent. I don’t feel any connotation either way.
    – StephenS
    Oct 10, 2020 at 3:21
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    Prevalent is used in both good and bad situations. It may be easier to think of negative ideas because we all love to complain! ;)
    – Peter
    Oct 10, 2020 at 10:35
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    The word is neither positive nor negative. In my garden pink is the prevalent colour. Oct 10, 2020 at 10:36
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    @Peter :) Searching for the word 'prevalent' on Google News is very depressing! You'd hardly believe it could be used in a neutral or a positive context. Oct 10, 2020 at 10:40

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"Prevalent" is neither positive nor negative, and it can be used in positive contexts. Most of the examples of its use place it in a negative context. However the word itself does not imply anything negative. It is possible to say:

This point of view is still prevalent (and not imply anything negative about the point of view).

As mentioned in comments "good and bad things can be prevalent".

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