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[pri-pon-duh-reyt] /prɪˈpɒn dəˌreɪt/
verb (used without object), preponderated, preponderating.
to exceed something else in weight; be the heavier.
to incline downward or descend, as one scale or end of a balance, because of greater weight; be weighed down.
to be superior in power, force, influence, number, amount, etc.; predominate:
Evidence for the accused preponderated at the trial.
Origin of preponderate
1615-25; < Latin praeponderātus, past participle of praeponderāre to outweigh. See pre-, ponder, -ate1
Related forms
preponderation, noun
unpreponderated, adjective
unpreponderating, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for preponderate
  • The evidence in this case does not clearly preponderate in favor of the veteran, nor does it clearly preponderate.
  • It seems to us that the facts here preponderate in favor of a finding that his legal residence was not interrupted.
  • Because the evidence does not preponderate against the findings of fact made by the trial court, the judgment is affirmed.
  • To reverse based on the great weight of the evidence, the facts must clearly preponderate in the opposite direction.
  • Indeed, the factors clearly preponderate in favor of a knowing and intelligent waiver.
  • For the above reasons, the evidence fails to preponderate against the findings of the trial court.
  • The evidence fails to preponderate against the trial court's finding that they were reasonable and necessary.
  • In our opinion, the record evidence does not preponderate in a contrary direction.
  • Although there is some evidence to support this conclusion, the evidence does not preponderate in its favor.
British Dictionary definitions for preponderate


verb (intransitive)
(often foll by over) to be more powerful, important, numerous, etc (than)
to be of greater weight than something else
Derived Forms
preponderately, adverb
preponderating, adjective
preponderation, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin praeponderāre to be of greater weight, from pondus weight
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Word Origin and History for preponderate

1610s, "to weigh more than," from Latin praeponderatus, past participle of praeponderare "outweigh, make heavier," from prae "before" (see pre-) + ponderare "to weigh" (see pound (n.1)). Meaning "to exceed in force or power" is from 1799. Related: Preponderation.

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