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See also: prépondérance


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From Latin praeponderare ‎(outweigh), from prae- ‎(before) + ponderare ‎(to weigh)


preponderance ‎(countable and uncountable, plural preponderances)

  1. Excess or superiority of weight, influence, or power, etc.; an outweighing.
    • Macaulay
      In a few weeks he had changed the relative position of all the states in Europe, and had restored the equilibrium which the preponderance of one power had destroyed.
    • 2000 April 17, Paul Van Slambrouck, “Californias brightest star is, well, gray”, in Christian Science Monitor:
      Subtle, institutional discrimination was evident in the preponderance of blacks and underprivileged whites fighting the war.
    • 1900, Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams, Avon Books, (translated by James Strachey) pg. 168:
      But even less disgruntled observers have insisted that pain and un-pleasure are more common in dreams than pleasure: for instance, Scholz (1893, 57), Volkelt (1875, 80), and others. Indeed two ladies, Florence Hallam and Sarah Weed (1896, 499), have actually given statistical expression, based on a study of their own dreams, to the preponderance of unpleasure in dreaming.
  2. (obsolete) The excess of weight of that part of a cannon behind the trunnions over that in front of them.
  3. The greater portion of the weight.
    • 2006 January 24, Scott Baldauf, “India history spat hits US”, in Christian Science Monitor:
      the preponderance of evidence shows that Aryans came to India, with their horses, their chariots, and their religious beliefs, from outside.
  4. The majority.
    • 1997 August 17, Patricia Holt, “Just Add Sand; Trash fiction for end-of-the summer beach reading”, in San Francisco Chronicle, page 1:
      Is there a preponderance of female protagonists in commercial fiction, and if so, what does it mean?