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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


overpowering, overruling, major, dominant.
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Examples from the Web for preponderantly

Historical Examples

  • Becoming established, it became noxious,—preponderantly noxious.

    Not Paul, But Jesus

    Jeremy Bentham

  • The character of the sexual manifestation showed itself to be preponderantly masturbatic.

  • Hitherto the sexual impulse has been preponderantly autoerotic; it now finds the sexual object.

  • That city was preponderantly disloyal, and had to be garrisoned with Union troops.

    The Ifs of History

    Joseph Edgar Chamberlin

  • The coast was preponderantly English, but the later tides of continental immigration flowed across to the free lands.

    The Frontier in American History

    Frederick Jackson Turner

British Dictionary definitions for preponderantly


  1. greater in weight, force, influence, etc
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Derived Formspreponderantly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for preponderantly



mid-15c., from Latin praeponderantem (nominative praeponderans), present participle of praeponderare (see preponderate).

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