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[pri-pon-der-uh nt]
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  1. 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 formspre·pon·der·ant·ly, adverb


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overpowering, overruling, major, dominant.
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Examples from the Web for preponderantly

Historical Examples

  • Becoming established, it became noxious,—preponderantly noxious.

    Not Paul, But Jesus

    Jeremy Bentham

  • The character of the sexual manifestation showed itself to be preponderantly masturbatic.

  • Hitherto the sexual impulse has been preponderantly autoerotic; it now finds the sexual object.

  • That city was preponderantly disloyal, and had to be garrisoned with Union troops.

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    Joseph Edgar Chamberlin

  • The coast was preponderantly English, but the later tides of continental immigration flowed across to the free lands.

    The Frontier in American History</p>

    Frederick Jackson Turner

British Dictionary definitions for preponderantly


  1. greater in weight, force, influence, etc
Derived Formspreponderantly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for preponderantly



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

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