the fact or quality of being preponderant; superiority in weight, power, numbers, etc.: The preponderance of votes is against the proposal.

Sometimes pre·pon·der·an·cy.

Origin of preponderance

First recorded in 1675–85; preponder(ant) + -ance

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preponderancy (prɪˈpɒndərənsɪ)


the quality of being greater in weight, force, influence, etcthe preponderance of right-handed people
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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.

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