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

Synonyms for preponderant

overpowering, overruling, major, dominant. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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greater in weight, force, influence, etc
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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