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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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Examples from the Web for preponderant
Historical Examples
  • When they arrived at the Persian court the influence of Pelopidas was preponderant with the Persian.

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

    On the Origin of Species Charles Darwin
  • The deeper zone in which anamorphism is preponderant is called the zone of anamorphism.

  • In Spain itself the French party was preponderant, but not unopposed.

    Battles of English History

    H. B. (Hereford Brooke) George
  • Of these three motives the one last named has been preponderant.

  • Several other circumstances concur in rendering the power of the majority in America not only preponderant, but irresistible.

  • 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 sap of plants is thin and watery, corresponding with the preponderant anabolism of the plant.

    Sex and Society

    William I. Thomas
  • Pronounced breadth is commoner among the interior people (75 per cent) and least preponderant in the east (55 per cent).

  • 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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