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[out-wey] /ˌaʊtˈweɪ/
verb (used with object)
to exceed in value, importance, influence, etc.:
The advantages of the plan outweighed its defects.
to exceed in weight:
The champion will probably outweigh his opponent.
to be too heavy or burdensome for:
Collapse may follow if the load outweighs its supports.
Origin of outweigh
1590-1600; out- + weigh
1. surpass, overshadow, eclipse, override. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for outweigh
  • We doubt that the benefits of overconfidence outweigh its costs.
  • No, because the benefits of fibre clearly outweigh its drawbacks.
  • Today, and perhaps for the foreseeable future, claims of religious freedom tend to outweigh claims of reproductive freedom.
  • The critics have concluded that the dangers of vaccination outweigh the risks of vaccine-preventable disease.
  • And maybe those costs do outweigh the benefits pseudonymity brings to social networks.
  • But the rewards of stabilizing housing outweigh the political risks.
  • Their known health benefits greatly outweigh the potential harm of pesticides.
  • Sometimes the right to information ought to outweigh the right to privacy.
  • The rights of the few outweigh the rights of the majority.
  • The risks for corrective surgery may far outweigh the risks of leaving your condition in its current state.
British Dictionary definitions for outweigh


verb (transitive)
to prevail over; overcome: his desire outweighed his discretion
to be more important or significant than
to be heavier than
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Word Origin and History for outweigh

1590s, from out (adv.) + weigh (v.). Related: Outweighed; outweighing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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