from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Superiority in weight, force, importance, or influence.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Excess or superiority of weight, influence, or power, etc.; an outweighing.
- n. The excess of weight of that part of a cannon behind the trunnions over that in front of them.
- n. The greater portion of the weight.
- n. The majority.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality or state of being preponderant; superiority or excess of weight, influence, or power, etc.; an outweighing.
- n. The excess of weight of that part of a canon behind the trunnions over that in front of them.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or quality of preponderating or outweighing; superiority in weight: as, preponderance of metal.
- n. Superiority in force, influence, quantity, or number; predominance.
- n. In gunnery, the excess of weight of that part of a gun which is to the rear of the trunnions over that in front of them.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. exceeding in heaviness; having greater weight
- n. a superiority in numbers or amount
- n. superiority in power or influence
Were the thirst of riches to take absolute possession of every class of society, it would infallibly produce the evil complained of by those who see with regret what they call the preponderance of the industrious system; but the increase of commerce, by multiplying the connections between nations, by opening an immense sphere to the activity of the mind, by pouring capital into agriculture, and creating new wants by the refinement of luxury, furnishes a remedy against the supposed dangers.
But if that preponderance is leading to a world in which Russian and Chinese launch commanders are fingering nuclear hair triggers, the game may not be worth the candle.
We think it would be found that among women conversions from Protestantism to Catholicism preponderate, and that among men the preponderance is the other way about.
That so-called preponderance standard is typically used in civil cases.
Without denying that they have weight, I think it may be made to appear that they have not the unquestionable preponderance, which is assumed for them.
In point of fact, the Soviet Union did develop what might best be called a preponderance of familiar weapons.
He began with what may be described as a preponderance of the poetic element over the dramatic.
This is what modern lawyers call a preponderance of evidence of the deep-reaching love of Jesus and those who truly followed Him.
Consider a defense team able to create reasonable doubt, but a much better funded prosecution team able to generate mountains of testimony and evidence -- much of it tangential or circumstantial, perhaps, but any given jury of 12 random people may well interpret "preponderance" to be related to quantity and simultaneously fail to discount for quality or investment.
First fred, let me respond that I agree with the "preponderance" standard; it's the best we can do.