- the fact or quality of being preponderant; superiority in weight, power, numbers, etc.: The preponderance of votes is against the proposal.
Origin of preponderance
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Examples from the Web for preponderance
This lawsuit will be decided under a lower and more easily met standard of proof: “preponderance of the evidence.”Prosecuting Officer Wilson Won't Bring Justice to Ferguson
August 23, 2014
Brown assesses sexual misconduct charges under a “preponderance of the evidence” standard—the lowest legal burden of proof.Exclusive: Brown University Student Speaks Out on What It’s Like to Be Accused of Rape
June 8, 2014
That should bother you even if you think that the preponderance of the evidence says that MacDonald is guilty.Does Jeffrey MacDonald Belong in Jail?
January 3, 2013
A civil case, however, could have been decided on the basis of a preponderance of evidence.Reports: Dominique Strauss-Kahn Settles With Maid Who Claimed Sexual Assault
November 30, 2012
In the past 20 years, the preponderance of global companies have both increased revenue and shed costs.Google’s Results Reflect Giants’ Surge, as Everyone Else Struggles
April 13, 2012
Preponderance of individuality was ever a bar to foreign travel.American Notes
The preponderance of efficiency of equipment lay with the Germans.
What are the instruments for securing the preponderance of Altruism?Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 3 of 3)
They were terrified, moreover, by the preponderance in number of their foes.The Swedish Revolution Under Gustavus Vasa
Paul Barron Watson
Nothing is allowed any preponderance over the story and the speeches in it.Epic and Romance
W. P. Ker
- the quality of being greater in weight, force, influence, etcthe preponderance of right-handed people
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.