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preponderance

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noun pre·pon·der·ance \pri-ˈpän-d(ə-)rən(t)s\

Simple Definition of preponderance

  • : a greater amount or number of something

Full Definition of preponderance

  1. 1 :  a superiority in weight, power, importance, or strength

  2. 2 a :  a superiority or excess in number or quantity b :  majority

Examples of preponderance

  1. <not since Rome in its glory days had a nation enjoyed such overwhelming military preponderance>

  2. <a preponderance of the evidence points to the guilt of the defendant>



1681

First Known Use of preponderance

1681



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