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From Latin praepondero (outweigh, turn the scale)


preponderation (plural preponderations)

  1. The act or state of preponderating; preponderance.
    • 1743, Isaac Watts, The Improvement of the Mind
      But where the reasons on both sides are very near of equal weight, there suspension or doubt is our duty, unless in cases wherein present determination or practice is required, and there we must act according to the present appearing preponderation of reasons.