Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To weigh more than.
  • transitive v. To be more significant than; exceed in value or importance: The benefits outweigh the risks.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To exceed in weight or mass.
  • v. To exceed in importance or value.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To exceed in weight or value.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To exceed in weight; weigh more or be heavier than; turn the scale against; overweigh; overbalance; surpass in gravity or importance.
  • To be too great a burden or task for; over-task.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. weigh more heavily
  • v. be heavier than

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Examples

  • Do the benefits of the social bargain outweigh the costs?

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  • Once pregnancy has progressed into the second trimester and once children reach puberty, the dangers of food poisoning and foodborne illnesses may again outweigh the mutagenic risks associated with phytochemicals (Flaxman and Sherman in press).

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  • "Elizabeth II" as an article title outweigh the disadvantages of the inconsistent naming - sigh.

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  • Living half of your title outweigh the other; till after long and blessed labors, the white stone is given you in the happy land.”

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  • The current open-interest configuration for TLT shows some potential resistance at the 85 mark, where open-interest calls outweigh puts by a ratio of more than 2-to-1.

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  • He used to refer with great pleasure to a note from an old friend and fellow-student, the late Professor George Wilson, of Edinburgh, acknowledging a copy of his book in 1857: "Meanwhile, may your name be propitious; in all your long and weary journeys may the _Living_ half of your title outweigh the other; till after long and blessed labors, the white _stone_ is given you in the happy land."

    The Personal Life of David Livingstone

  • You usually argue that restrictions of civil liberties are warranted whenever the benefit to be derived from those restrictions in terms of increased security "outweigh" the cost to society of limiting the rights.

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  • Mad Max too, but the dangers of that kind of outweigh the coolness.

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  • He said a family with a £150,000 mortgage could end up paying £200 a month extra in such circumstances, which would "outweigh" any benefit to the economy of leaving the deficit unchanged.

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  • And if your pros kind of outweigh the cons, then that's how you make your decision.

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