preponderance

noun
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

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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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While judges’ individual rulings cannot always be predicted by the president who appointed them, a preponderance of conservative or liberal appointees on a court can determine the direction of its jurisprudence. Brent Kendall, WSJ, "Trump Has Named a Lot of Judges, But Courts’ Ideological Balance Is Slow to Shift," 26 Oct. 2018 And the preponderance of viruses on airport screening bins may be even more cause for concern among Americans, who are increasingly encountering TSA screeners instructing them to empty their food and snack items straight into the plastic bins. Martine Powers, The Seattle Times, "Those airport security bins carry more germs than the toilets, scientists say," 4 Sep. 2018 The standard of proof will be a preponderance of the evidence and a panel of four to six members will answer a series of questions, much like inquest juries have done in the past. Steve Miletich, The Seattle Times, "Constantine to unveil sweeping changes in inquests into police use of deadly force," 3 Oct. 2018 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, latimes.com, "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

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First Known Use of preponderance

1681, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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preponderance

noun

English Language Learners Definition of preponderance

formal : a greater amount or number of something

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