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[pri-pon-der-uh nt] /prɪˈpɒn dər ənt/
superior in weight, force, influence, numbers, etc.; prevailing:
a preponderant misconception.
Origin of preponderant
1650-60; < Latin praeponderant- (stem of praeponderāns), present participle of praeponderāre to outweigh. See pre-, ponder, -ant
Related forms
preponderantly, adverb
overpowering, overruling, major, dominant. Unabridged
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  • 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


greater in weight, force, influence, etc
Derived Forms
preponderantly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for preponderant

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

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