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preponderance

[pri-pon-der-uh ns] /prɪˈpɒn dər əns/
noun
1.
the fact or quality of being preponderant; superiority in weight, power, numbers, etc.:
The preponderance of votes is against the proposal.
Also, preponderancy.
Origin
1675-1685
1675-85; preponder(ant) + -ance
Synonyms
predominance, majority, mass, bulk.
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preponderance

/prɪˈpɒndərəns/
noun
1.
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 preponderancy

preponderance

n.

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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