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

Definition of preponderance 

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

2a : a superiority or excess in number or quantity

b : majority

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Examples of preponderance in a Sentence

not since Rome in its glory days had a nation enjoyed such overwhelming military preponderance a preponderance of the evidence points to the guilt of the defendant

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The idea is to deploy modest numbers of American troops to support far larger indigenous forces, who do the preponderance of the fighting, especially on the ground. Michael O’hanlon, WSJ, "Resigned to Endless War," 27 July 2018 In Dubai's case, as Bloomberg points out, a preponderance of expensive, luxury hotels means hosts can charge more to compete with four- and five-star prices. Sebastian Modak, Condé Nast Traveler, "The World's Most Expensive Cities for Airbnbs," 24 July 2018 If anything, a preponderance of evidence standard should be adopted. John Cherwa,, "Racing! Goodbye to the winter/spring Santa Anita meeting," 25 June 2018 Most of the pieces to build a new Space Force would likely have to come from the Air Force, which has the preponderance of the military’s responsibilities for space launch and operations. Michael O’hanlon, WSJ, "There’s No ‘Jungle Force.’ Who Needs a Space Force?," 27 June 2018 That appeared to compound other inequalities, such as the preponderance of students from fee-paying private schools — known in Britain as public schools — in the south of England among the annual intake of more than 3,200 undergraduates. Alan Cowell, New York Times, "Oxford Lifts the Veil on Race, Wealth and Privilege," 23 May 2018 There are yoga sessions in Chiang Kai, meditation with monks in Laos and a final stop in Ogimi, a village in Okinawa known for its preponderance of centenarians, who will share their secrets over lunch. Kavita Daswani,, "Father's Day gift ideas for the fitness-minded dad," 8 June 2018 In a civil case, the plaintiff must prove the case by a preponderance of evidence. Michael Mccann,, "Could Gareon Conley Legally Prove That Rape Allegation Caused Draft Slide, Financial Harm?," 12 July 2018 Theatre Philadelphia started its diversity push after the 2016-17 season, noting a preponderance of straight white men among judges and nominators. John Timpane,, "Barrymore Awards are going gender-neutral," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of preponderance

1681, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of preponderance

: a greater amount or number of something

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