verb (used without object), pre·pon·der·at·ed, pre·pon·der·at·ing.
Origin of preponderate
Examples from the Web for preponderate
Again—although in one area the darker tribes may preponderate, it is not to the absolute exclusion of the fairer.The Ethnology of the British Colonies and Dependencies|Robert Gordon Latham
Year by year stock is taken, and year by year the balance is found to preponderate in favour of Science.Thoughts on Religion|George John Romanes
Overbold, audacious; overhang, impend; overweigh, preponderate.An Outline of English Speech-craft|William Barnes
The reasons which induce me nevertheless to decline, under existing circumstances, preponderate.The Life of Albert Gallatin|Henry Adams
These now preponderate in many regions of the Republic, in which, by the way, no true criollo animals now remain.Uruguay|W. H. Koebel
British Dictionary definitions for preponderate
Word Origin for preponderate
Word Origin and History for preponderate
1610s, "to weigh more than," from Latin praeponderatus, past participle of praeponderare "outweigh, make heavier," from prae "before" (see pre-) + ponderare "to weigh" (see pound (n.1)). Meaning "to exceed in force or power" is from 1799. Related: Preponderation.