preponderance


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pre·pon·der·ance

 (prĭ-pŏn′dər-əns) also pre·pon·der·an·cy (-ən-sē)
n.
Superiority in weight, force, importance, or influence.

preponderance

(prɪˈpɒndərəns) or

preponderancy

n
the quality of being greater in weight, force, influence, etc: the preponderance of right-handed people.

pre•pon•der•ance

(prɪˈpɒn dər əns)

also pre•pon′der•an•cy,



n.
the fact or quality of being preponderant.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.preponderance - superiority in power or influence; "the preponderance of good over evil"; "the preponderance of wealth and power"
power, powerfulness - possession of controlling influence; "the deterrent power of nuclear weapons"; "the power of his love saved her"; "his powerfulness was concealed by a gentle facade"
2.preponderance - a superiority in numbers or amount; "a preponderance of evidence against the defendant"
number, figure - the property possessed by a sum or total or indefinite quantity of units or individuals; "he had a number of chores to do"; "the number of parameters is small"; "the figure was about a thousand"
3.preponderance - exceeding in heaviness; having greater weight; "the least preponderance in either pan will unbalance the scale"
heaviness, weightiness - the property of being comparatively great in weight; "the heaviness of lead"

preponderance

noun
1. predominance, instance, dominance, prevalence the huge preponderance of males among homeless people
2. greater part, mass, bulk, weight, lion's share, greater numbers, extensiveness The preponderance of the evidence strongly supports his guilt.
3. domination, power, sway, superiority, supremacy, dominion, ascendancy In 1965, the preponderance of West Germany over East had become even greater.

preponderance

noun
2. The greatest part or portion:
Translations

preponderance

[prɪˈpɒndərəns] Npreponderancia f, predominio m

preponderance

[prɪˈpɒndərəns] nprépondérance f

preponderance

nÜbergewicht nt; (in number also) → Überwiegen nt

preponderance

[prɪˈpɒndrns] npreponderanza
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Close at their side stood Heyward, with an interest in both, that, at such a moment of intense uncertainty, scarcely knew a preponderance in favor of her whom he most loved.
But he was twice the man the rest were, and his last night's victory had given him a huge preponderance on their minds.
Henri's real welfare makes me desirous of screening her from annoyances of this sort; besides, monsieur, as I have before hinted to you, the sentiment of AMOUR-PROPRE has a somewhat marked preponderance in her character; celebrity has a tendency to foster this sentiment, and in her it should be rather repressed--she rather needs keeping down than bringing forward; and then I think, monsieur--it appears to me that ambition, LITERARY ambition especially, is not a feeling to be cherished in the mind of a woman: would not Mdlle.
From his long association with the white men, the habits of Mohegan were a mixture of the civilized and savage states, though there was certainly a strong preponderance in favor of the latter.
This preponderance of the feminine element is, however, in itself characteristic, as I need not remind you what an abnormally--developed part this sex has played in French history.
The studio was much fuller than it had been in the morning, and there was not the preponderance of English and Americans; nor were women there in so large a proportion.
She promised to rally around him, when he should become surintendant, all the old nobility of the kingdom, and questioned him as to the preponderance it would be proper to allow La Valliere.
The order of the English letters after E is by no means well marked, and any preponderance which may be shown in an average of a printed sheet may be reversed in a single short sentence.
To attain this end we must secure a preponderance of virtue over vice and must endeavor to secure that the honest man may, even in this world, receive a lasting reward for his virtue.
But I am constrained to take a view of the case which gives the preponderance to Mr.
The priest is still, and will, we think, remain, one of the necessary types of humanity; and he is untrue to his type, unless, with whatever inevitable doubts in this doubting age, he feels, on the whole, the preponderance in it of those influences which make for faith.
To the larger fangs and the more powerful jaws of his adversary were added huge talons and the preponderance of the lion's great weight.