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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web His Twitter account is not only a way to communicate to the public directly (particularly important when, for example, news outlets choose not to air his press briefings due to their preponderance of misinformation). Philip M. Napoli, Wired, "What Trump's Twitter and Clinton's Sax Have in Common," 2 July 2020 To win her petition and have Holt removed from the case, Brittany’s defense has to prove their argument by a preponderance of the evidence — meaning more than half of the evidence is in her favor. Ashley Remkus |, al, "Judge says she’s not biased against Alabama woman who killed alleged rapist," 1 July 2020 But the preponderance of the videos circulated after their confrontations depict carnage that leaves some protesters bloodied and bruised and scores more screaming in clouds of smoke. oregonlive, "Portland’s Justice Center fence: A daunting place after dark for both protesters and police," 28 June 2020 In challenging the application, a prosecutor would need to prove by a preponderance of evidence that the conduct would constitute a criminal violation. Angie Jackson, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan criminal record expungement bills a step closer to Senate vote," 26 June 2020 New rules encourage hearings by such standard, not a mere preponderance. Fox News, "Expelled USC football player scores legal victory in Title IX case, vows to continue fighting 'male bias' that dashed his NFL hopes," 25 June 2020 Were the investigation’s findings supported by a preponderance of evidence? John Caniglia, cleveland, "5 things you need to know about how Cleveland police use-of-force investigations could change," 18 June 2020 Brittany’s defense must prove their argument by a preponderance of the evidence. Ashley Remkus |, al, "Alabama woman who says she killed rapist in self-defense wants judge removed from murder case," 16 June 2020 As the number of days in quarantine increases, so might the preponderance of depression and anxiety. Leila Najafi, NBC News, "Airbnb Online Experiences lets you go on virtual travel or tours," 8 June 2020

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First Known Use of preponderance

1681, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of preponderance was in 1681

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9 Jul 2020

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“Preponderance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of preponderance

formal : a greater amount or number of something

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