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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.


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


preponderate (third-person singular simple present preponderates, present participle preponderating, simple past and past participle preponderated)

  1. (transitive) To outweigh; to overpower by weight; to exceed in weight; to overbalance.
    • Glanvill
      An inconsiderable weight, by distance from the centre of the balance, will preponderate greater magnitudes.
  2. (transitive) To overpower by stronger or moral power.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To cause to prefer; to incline; to decide.
    • Fuller
      The desire to spare Christian blood preponderates him for peace.
  4. (intransitive) To exceed in weight; hence, to predominate
    • 1861, John Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism[1]:
      [] if the principle of utility is good for anything, it must be good for weighing these conflicting utilities against one another, and marking out the region within which one or the other preponderates.

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