• WordNet 3.6
    • v preponderate weigh more heavily "these considerations outweigh our wishes"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Preponderate To cause to prefer; to incline; to decide. "The desire to spare Christian blood preponderates him for peace."
    • v. i Preponderate To exceed in weight; hence, to incline or descend, as the scale of a balance; figuratively, to exceed in influence, power, etc.; hence; to incline to one side; as, the affirmative side preponderated . "That is no just balance in which the heaviest side will not preponderate ."
    • Preponderate To outweigh; to overpower by weight; to exceed in weight; to overbalance. "An inconsiderable weight, by distance from the center of the balance, will preponderate greater magnitudes."
    • Preponderate To overpower by stronger or moral power.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • preponderate To outweigh; surpass in weight, force, efficiency, or influence.
    • preponderate To cause to lean or incline in a particular direction; dispose; induce to a particular course of action or frame of mind.
    • preponderate To ponder or mentally weigh beforehand.
    • preponderate To exceed in weight; hence, to incline or droop, as the scale of a balance.
    • preponderate To have superior power, influence, force, or efficiency; predominate; prevail.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Preponderate prē-pon′dėr-āt to outweigh: to incline to one side: to exceed in power or influence
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. praeponderatus, p. p. of praeponderare,; prae, before + ponderare, to weigh, fr., pondus, ponderis, a weight. See Ponder
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. præ, before, ponderāre, -ātum, to weigh—pondus, a weight.


In literature:

The time-values of such variants are also dependent on the numerical preponderance of the typical form in the whole series.
"Harvard Psychological Studies, Volume 1" by Various
This preponderance of interest, of passion, in determining the results of a human being's working life, obtains throughout.
"Talks To Teachers On Psychology; And To Students On Some Of Life's Ideals" by William James
And how does the preponderance of butterflies in the upper regions of the air affect the colour and brilliancy of the flowers?
"Science in Arcady" by Grant Allen
Plato even complains of it as inconveniently preponderant, and as arresting the legislator in all comprehensive projects of reform.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 1" by Various
Lord Dalhousie, Governor-General in 1854, saw the danger of this great preponderance of Native troops.
"Forty-one years in India" by Frederick Sleigh Roberts
Thus the last three schools were preponderant in southern, northern and western India respectively.
"Hinduism And Buddhism, Volume II. (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
Let us now candidly ask what practical evil has arisen from this preponderance.
"The Prose Works of William Wordsworth" by William Wordsworth
The preponderance of the Celtic element in the Catholics of Ulster must be overwhelming.
"The Life Story of an Old Rebel" by John Denvir
In Spain and Portugal the internal causes are the preponderating ones, and, in some measure, though not altogether so, in Holland.
"An Inquiry into the Permanent Causes of the Decline and Fall of Powerful and Wealthy Nations." by William Playfair
No one sect is sufficiently preponderant to admit of that.
"Town Life in Australia" by R. E. N. (Richard) Twopeny

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 phenomenon of spin–zero preponderance seems a robust and rather generic feature which has received much attention since, see the reviews [19, 20] and references therein.
The Two-Body Random Ensemble in Nuclei
The dependence of the scaling factors r(J ) on J and the distribution of and correlations among the spectral widths σ(J ) together lead to an understanding of the preponderance of spin–zero ground states.
The Two-Body Random Ensemble in Nuclei
Central to an understanding of the preponderance of spin–zero ground states in nuclei are the correlations between the spectral widths σ(J ) pertaining to different values of J .
The Two-Body Random Ensemble in Nuclei
TBRE offers a satisfactory explanation for the preponderance of ground states with zero spin observed for this ensemble.
The Two-Body Random Ensemble in Nuclei
This approach allowed us to give a semi–quantitative explanantion for the preponderance of spin–zero ground states both for a single j –shell and for the sd–shell.
The Two-Body Random Ensemble in Nuclei