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[pri-pon-der-uh ns] /prɪˈpɒn dər əns/
the fact or quality of being preponderant; superiority in weight, power, numbers, etc.:
The preponderance of votes is against the proposal.
Also, preponderancy.
Origin of preponderance
1675-85; preponder(ant) + -ance
predominance, majority, mass, bulk. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for preponderance
  • The city's outer suburbs are eerily quiet, thanks to the preponderance of unsold and foreclosed homes.
  • It is the signature of absence rather than preponderance.
  • Multiply titles by sales, and their preponderance is overwhelming.
  • The preponderance of the dollar in global capital markets remains overwhelming.
  • The vast preponderance of smartphone adoption has occurred just in the past couple years.
  • Science itself advances gradually through a preponderance of evidence toward a fuller understanding about how things work.
  • It is plaintiff's burden to prove, by a preponderance of the evidence, that the infringement was willful.
  • Unfortunately, the preponderance of evidence is grim.
  • The preponderance of scientific evidence now indicates global warming will not be catastrophic.
  • The preponderance of comparatively recent art (as opposed to old masters) is interesting.
British Dictionary definitions for preponderance


the quality of being greater in weight, force, influence, etc: the preponderance of right-handed people
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Word Origin and History for preponderance

1680s, "greater weight," from Latin praeponderans, present participle of praeponderare "make heavier" (see preponderate). Sense of "greater importance" is from 1780; that of "greater number" is from 1845.

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