• WordNet 3.6
    • adj preponderant having superior power and influence "the predominant mood among policy-makers is optimism"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Preponderant Preponderating; outweighing; overbalancing; -- used literally and figuratively; as, a preponderant weight; of preponderant importance.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • preponderant Outweighing; preponderating; superior in weight, force, efficiency, or influence; predominant; prevalent.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Preponderant outweighing: superior in weight, power, or influence
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. praeponderans, -antis,: cf. F. prépondérant,. See Preponderate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. præ, before, ponderāre, -ātum, to weigh—pondus, a weight.


In literature:

Religion and the civil law claim a preponderating voice.
"Moral Principles and Medical Practice" by Charles Coppens
Preponderance of the Evidence.
"The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story" by Various
The preponderance of the large round water jugs in the Shinumo collection over that of Zuni is noticeable.
"Illustrated Catalogue Of The Collections Obtained From The Indians Of New Mexico And Arizona In 1879" by James Stevenson
Yet the gently-reared preponderate.
"Post-Prandial Philosophy" by Grant Allen
It has much increased since ancient times, there was a large preponderance of emotion.
"History of English Humour, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by Alfred Guy Kingan L'Estrange
It is, however, not so, but a statement of the preponderance of public character and opinion in those States.
"Continental Monthly , Vol IV, Issue VI, December 1863" by Various
The painter wishes to mark the preponderance of matter in the one class and of spirit in the other.
"Seeing Europe with Famous Authors, Vol VIII" by Various
He was seconded by some other members; but the opinion of Marlborough preponderated.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
Henry Marcellus Stokes, exercised a preponderant influence in city politics from 1917 to 1925.
"The Patient Observer" by Simeon Strunsky
Sometimes one flavour preponderated, sometimes another, and the sauce was always good.
"Six to Sixteen" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
Byzantine taste has exerted a preponderating influence upon Russia.
"Russia" by Various
In the company there is a large preponderance of the cub of seventeen and eighteen.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
They were fearful of compromising their revenues by permitting to New South Wales the preponderance of members.
"The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2)" by John West
Let the solid preponderate over the merely ornamental.
"The Young Maiden" by A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
From all parts of the line the same complaint came of the preponderance of the enemy's machine-gun fire.
"1914" by John French, Viscount of Ypres
The result was that the French element ceased to be preponderant, except in Lower Canada.
"The Political History of England - Vol XI" by George Brodrick
The preponderance of scientific evidence is all against alcohol as possessing food qualities.
"Alcohol: A Dangerous and Unnecessary Medicine, How and Why" by Martha M. Allen
The Free State preponderance among settlers constantly increased.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
The principle of secluding Indians from whites for the good of both races is established by an overwhelming preponderance of authority.
"The Indian Question (1874)" by Francis A. Walker
Great Britain is the preponderating user of the canal, with Germany a poor second.
"East of Suez" by Frederic Courtland Penfield

In news:

Los Angeles was once known for our preponderance of programmatic buildings.
While I was driving past some of the thousands of construction sites around our valley, I couldn't help but notice a preponderance of two plants.
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A criminal defendant who seeks to have counsel appointed at public expense bears the burden of proving indigency by a preponderance of the evidence, the Supreme Judicial Court has ruled.
"Almost everything, especially of government policy, is an inseparable compound of the two, so that our best judgment of the preponderance between them is continually demanded".
Urinary bladder pheochromocytoma has no sex predilection, but there is a slight female preponderance.1,2 Childhood pheochromocytomas are more commonly multicentric and extra adrenal and only 2% of these pheochromocytomas are malignant.2.
As I was driving down a busy street in St Paul last week, I noticed among the preponderance of political yard signs that one stood out.
Are you intimidated by the preponderance of video geek terminology.
Though one will note a preponderance of animal renderings in the Los Muros Hablan renderings, it wasn't all frogs and frog -killers in the Santurce streets.
The vast preponderance of news reporting about Hollywood concerns the weekly box-office race.
We have described a case of erosive osteoarthritis in 3 generations of women that supports a strong genetic component and female preponderance of the disease.
As I was driving down a busy street in St Paul, Minn. Last week, I noticed among the preponderance of political yard signs that one stood out.
The suggestion by defense council that this was consensual is preponderous .
The overwhelming preponderous of the evidence indicates that's mistaken.
Metzler says the preponderance of low-end wines has harmed sherry 's image, obscuring the visibility of quality products on the market.

In science:

The preponderance of negative velocity gas at high pressures probably arises from material compressed by mass flows from the target stars or their neighbors in the early-type stellar associations.
Evidence and Implications of Pressure Fluctuations in the ISM
If the null lengths were distr ibuted in a Poissonian fashion, we would find a preponderance of one-pulse nulls and very few longer ones.
Radio Pulsars
However, the situation dramatically improved as we proceeded to NLO, where our default predictions, endowed with theoretical uncertainties estimated by moderate unphysical-scale variations, led to a satisfactory description of the HERA data in the preponderant part of the accessed phase space.
Inclusive Production of Single Hadrons with Finite Transverse Momenta in Deep-Inelastic Scattering at Next-to-Leading Order
All 5 sharing the same WR subtype can therefore be seen as an indication of the preponderance of late WC stars in the inner Milky Way.
Five WC9 stars discovered in the AAO/UKST H-alpha Survey
The preponderance of claimed elliptical hosts, where star formation is absent, argues against alternative short burst origins such as shortlived outflows from massive stellar collapses [477].
Gamma-Ray Bursts
The preponderance of short-lived massive star formation in such young galaxies, as well as the identification of a SN Ib/c light curve peaking weeks after the burst in few cases, has provided strong support for a massive stellar collapse origin of long GRBs, as argued by [514, 346, 513].
Gamma-Ray Bursts
Specifically, the 1f7/2 orbital is comparatively far away from both the neighboring ds and upper f p shells which means there is a preponderance of a single-j coherence over configuration mixing in the low-lying nuclear states for such nuclei.
Underlying symmetries of realistic interactions and the nuclear many-body problem
If this preponderance of secondaries should prove to be true of Mars as well, it would affect estimates of the ages of various parts of the surface based on crater numbers.
Astrophysics in 2006
Separating antimatter from matter particles in cosmic rays (CRs) is not an easy task, because of the preponderance of protons, followed by electrons, which have already a flux, which is several orders of magnitude lower, as demonstrated in Fig. 4 .
Indirect Dark Matter Searches in the Light of ATIC, FERMI, EGRET and PAMELA
After all, the preponderance of scientific papers are not cited very commonly.
Nonuniversal power law scaling in the probability distribution of scientific citations
The sparsity assumption has become preponderant in modern, high-dimensional statistics.
Optimal detection of sparse principal components in high dimension
As an aside, note the preponderance of the number three in my list of questions: three dimensions, three generations, and three colors.
FPCP 2012 Summary Talk on Experiments
That is the spectacular signature of the DCC: a preponderance of charged pions with small f .
Summary of the Nijmegen Workshop on Multiparticle Production
The main kinematical feature of the outer pseudorings is the preponderance of positive radial velocities against negative ones.
Kinematics of the outer pseudorings and the spiral structure of the Galaxy
R especially when β has many nonzero coefficients with respect to any basis among the family of bases of the solution, and/or matrix R plays a preponderant role in the formula of the quadratic risk.
Non-asymptotic model selection for linear non least-squares estimation in regression models and inverse problems