preponderance

[ pri-pon-der-uhns ]
/ prɪˈpɒn dər əns /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. prepatent period,
  2. prepay,
  3. prepend,
  4. prepense,
  5. prepollex,
  6. preponderant,
  7. preponderate,
  8. preponderous,
  9. prepone,
  10. preportion

Sometimes pre·pon·der·an·cy.

Origin of preponderance

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

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British Dictionary definitions for preponderance

preponderance

preponderancy (prɪˈpɒndərənsɪ)

/ (prɪˈpɒndərəns) /

noun

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

preponderance

n.

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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