pre·​pon·​der·​ance | \ pri-ˈpän-d(ə-)rən(t)s How to pronounce preponderance (audio) \

Definition of preponderance

1 : a superiority in weight, power, importance, or strength
2a : a superiority or excess in number or quantity
b : majority

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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First Known Use of preponderance

1681, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Preponderance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

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