Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To exceed something else in weight.
  • intransitive verb To be greater than something else, as in power, force, quantity, or importance; predominate.
  • adjective Preponderant.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To outweigh; surpass in weight, force, efficiency, or influence.
  • To cause to lean or incline in a particular direction; dispose; induce to a particular course of action or frame of mind.
  • To ponder or mentally weigh beforehand.
  • To exceed in weight; hence, to incline or droop, as the scale of a balance.
  • To have superior power, influence, force, or efficiency; predominate; prevail.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To exceed in weight; hence, to incline or descend, as the scale of a balance; figuratively, to exceed in influence, power, etc.; hence; to incline to one side.
  • transitive verb To outweigh; to overpower by weight; to exceed in weight; to overbalance.
  • transitive verb To overpower by stronger or moral power.
  • transitive verb obsolete To cause to prefer; to incline; to decide.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To outweigh; to overpower by weight; to exceed in weight; to overbalance.
  • verb transitive To overpower by stronger or moral power.
  • verb transitive (obsolete) To cause to prefer; to incline; to decide.
  • verb intransitive To exceed in weight; hence, to predominate

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

  • verb weigh more heavily

Etymologies

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

[Latin praeponderāre, praeponderāt- : prae-, pre- + ponderāre, to weigh; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin praeponderatus, past participle of praeponderāre ("to outweigh")

Examples

  • Connections to political authorities and centers are important variables in the activities and identities of the trading tribes and their subgroupings, and compared to kuchis and Lohanis, pawindahs appear less subject to state intervention in commercial, military and administrative arenas and more associated with the Pashto language and territories where Pashto-speakers preponderate.

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  • One observer after another expressed an opinion, but on the day the convention met, even Gore, who was as much an expert on the subject as anyone, confessed that “I really cannot yet form any judgment of the weight of members, or which side the pros or cons will preponderate.”

    Ratification

  • One observer after another expressed an opinion, but on the day the convention met, even Gore, who was as much an expert on the subject as anyone, confessed that “I really cannot yet form any judgment of the weight of members, or which side the pros or cons will preponderate.”

    Ratification

  • One observer after another expressed an opinion, but on the day the convention met, even Gore, who was as much an expert on the subject as anyone, confessed that “I really cannot yet form any judgment of the weight of members, or which side the pros or cons will preponderate.”

    Ratification

  • And on the roads we take, small Obama signs preponderate.

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  • Friedrich Engels brings us closer to some balance in his Letter to J Bloch when he asserts: "The economic situation is the basis, but various elements of the superstructure - ... political, juristic, philosophical theories, religious views ... - also exercise their influence upon the course of the historical struggles and in many cases preponderate in determining their form."

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  • “O, I see your malice!” cried Cecilia; “you were determined to add weight to the value of your company, by making me fully sensible where the balance would preponderate.”

    Cecilia

  • Friedrich Engels brings us closer to some balance in his Letter to J Bloch when he asserts: "The economic situation is the basis, but various elements of the superstructure - ... political, juristic, philosophical theories, religious views ... - also exercise their influence upon the course of the historical struggles and in many cases preponderate in determining their form."

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  • I attended service twice at the Episcopal church, where the service was beautifully read and sung; but in a city in which men preponderate the congregation was mainly composed of women, who fluttered their fans in a truly distracting way.

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  • Blouses, long and short, and velveteen jackets preponderate.

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