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preponderate

[ pri-pon-duh-reyt ]

verb (used without object)

, pre·pon·der·at·ed, pre·pon·der·at·ing.
  1. to exceed something else in weight; be the heavier.
  2. to incline downward or descend, as one scale or end of a balance, because of greater weight; be weighed down.
  3. to be superior in power, force, influence, number, amount, etc.; predominate:

    Evidence for the accused preponderated at the trial.



preponderate

/ prɪˈpɒndəˌreɪt /

verb

  1. often foll by over to be more powerful, important, numerous, etc (than)
  2. to be of greater weight than something else


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Derived Forms

  • preˌponderˈation, noun
  • preˈponderˌating, adjective
  • preˈponderately, adverb
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Other Words From

  • pre·ponder·ation noun
  • unpre·ponder·ated adjective
  • unpre·ponder·ating adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of preponderate1

1615–25; < Latin praeponderātus, past participle of praeponderāre to outweigh. See pre-, ponder, -ate 1
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Word History and Origins

Origin of preponderate1

C17: from Late Latin praeponderāre to be of greater weight, from pondus weight
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Example Sentences

Indignation may operate on your minds, but a due sense of your own dignity, I trust, will preponderate.

"The asses preponderate in the streets," said John Turner to me.

When motives of interest are balanced against motives of duty, it is well if the former do not sometimes preponderate.

Blue and grey eyes, too, he will expect to preponderate over the black and hazel.

But it is the bad side which will preponderate; it is the darkest practices which will develop themselves most typically.

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