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  1. superior in weight, force, influence, numbers, etc.; prevailing: a preponderant misconception.
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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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Historical Examples

  • When they arrived at the Persian court the influence of Pelopidas was preponderant with the Persian.



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

  • 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.

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    H. B. (Hereford Brooke) George

  • Of these three motives the one last named has been preponderant.

British Dictionary definitions for preponderant


  1. greater in weight, force, influence, etc
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Derived Formspreponderantly, 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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