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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
- (transitive) To outweigh; to overpower by weight; to exceed in weight; to overbalance.
- An inconsiderable weight, by distance from the centre of the balance, will preponderate greater magnitudes.
- (transitive) To overpower by stronger or moral power.
- (transitive, obsolete) To cause to prefer; to incline; to decide.
- The desire to spare Christian blood preponderates him for peace.
- (intransitive) To exceed in weight; hence, to predominate