[ pri-pon-der-uhnt ]
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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

Other words for preponderant

Other words from preponderant

  • pre·pon·der·ant·ly, adverb

Words Nearby preponderant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use preponderant in a sentence

  • The congregation is a mixture of working and middle class people; the former kind being preponderant.

  • But we have no equal evidence for any similar preponderant Jutish power in the sixth century.

    Beowulf | R. W. Chambers
  • Nevertheless, when compared to Cuba, Jamaica cannot be considered the preponderant position of the Caribbean.

  • Unmarried mothers are overwhelmingly preponderant among the frivolous and weak-willed.

    Women's Wild Oats | C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • Since the Westphalian Peace of 1648 the principle of balance of power has played a preponderant part in the history of Europe.

British Dictionary definitions for preponderant


/ (prɪˈpɒndərənt) /

  1. greater in weight, force, influence, etc

Derived forms of preponderant

  • preponderantly, adverb

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