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preponderant

[pri-pon-der-uh nt] /prɪˈpɒn dər ənt/
adjective
1.
superior in weight, force, influence, numbers, etc.; prevailing:
a preponderant misconception.
Origin of preponderant
1650-1660
1650-60; < Latin praeponderant- (stem of praeponderāns), present participle of praeponderāre to outweigh. See pre-, ponder, -ant
Related forms
preponderantly, adverb
Synonyms
overpowering, overruling, major, dominant.
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Historical Examples
  • We shall again meet with this consideration relatively to the integral calculus, where it acquires a preponderant importance.

  • When they arrived at the Persian court the influence of Pelopidas was preponderant with the Persian.

    Hellenica Xenophon
  • Turkey must become a really Mohammedan country, and Moslem influence must be preponderant.

  • But may not the areas of preponderant movement have changed in the lapse of ages?

    On the Origin of Species Charles Darwin
  • In spite of the preponderant odds against him, the charge was almost a success.

    The Voice of the Pack Edison Marshall
  • How the force of the preponderant population of the north pressed upon the south during the war, and at last crushed her down!

    The Brothers' War John Calvin Reed
  • The defect lies in the attempt to make ourselves and our own interests by virtue of preponderant power superior to law.

    The Fruits of Victory Norman Angell
  • Pronounced breadth is commoner among the interior people (75 per cent) and least preponderant in the east (55 per cent).

  • We live in a world of symbols; and so preponderant force is for us the visible and practical equivalent of right.

  • In the picture of the disease, however, the preponderant rle is played by either one or the other of the opposing tendencies.

British Dictionary definitions for preponderant

preponderant

/prɪˈpɒndərənt/
adjective
1.
greater in weight, force, influence, etc
Derived Forms
preponderantly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for preponderant
adj.

mid-15c., from Latin praeponderantem (nominative praeponderans), present participle of praeponderare (see preponderate).

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