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Sunday, March 16, 2003

Definitions for preponderate

  1. To exceed in weight.
  2. To incline or descend, as the scale of a balance; to be weighed down.
  3. To exceed in influence, power, importance, number, amount, etc.

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Citations for preponderate
It's about the random acts of kindness which still, magically, preponderate over acts of incivility or nastiness. John Diamond, The Observer
And this is not, of course, to speak of the drunks, neurotics, and pure creeps who sometimes appear to preponderate among contemporary authors. Joseph Epstein, Commentary
Origin of preponderate
1615-1625
Preponderate comes from the past participle of Latin praeponderare, "to weigh more, to exceed in weight," from prae, "before" + ponderare, "to weigh," from pondus, ponderis, "a weight."