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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Synonyms & Antonyms for preponderance


bulk, generality, lion's share, majority, mass



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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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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 The preponderance of women posing next to automobiles also suggests that many of these images were probably taken by men. Sharon Mizota,, "Kirsten Tradowsky: In turning photos into paintings, she blurs faces, races and the walls between us," 25 June 2018 Some analysts say that was less a testament to Democratic strength in the district than to the preponderance of old line Republicans turned off by Trumpism. Kevin Diaz, San Antonio Express-News, "Houston emerges as key battleground in the battle for Congress," 5 Mar. 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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one that holds something together

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