pre·​pon·​der·​ance pri-ˈpän-d(ə-)rən(t)s How to pronounce preponderance (audio)
: a superiority in weight, power, importance, or strength
: a superiority or excess in number or quantity

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 Advanced democracies possess a preponderance of power globally, but in every critical region, holding the frontline requires a more eclectic ensemble. Hal Brands, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 In a civil case, like the case the Serna family has brought, the standard is lower — a preponderance of the evidence, essentially that an allegation is more likely to be true than not true. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Feb. 2024 That’s evident in the preponderance of caviar across the country, served traditionally or in dishes like quesadillas. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 24 Jan. 2024 But the preponderance of strength remains with Israel. Steven Simon, Foreign Affairs, 18 Oct. 2023 Lamenting the poor quality of UAP sighting data—especially the preponderance of potential optical illusions and misconceptions—was a common theme during the meeting. Benj Edwards, Ars Technica, 1 June 2023 To be sure, this finding was based on the comparatively lax civil standard of preponderance of the evidence, not the criminal law’s demanding burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt. The Editors, National Review, 9 May 2023 The area’s compact lots created a preponderance of slender buildings with high ceilings and large windows, making conversions easier. Matthew Haag, New York Times, 17 Nov. 2023 But even if there was an overwhelming preponderance of pro-Palestinian content on the app — which, again, there does not seem to be — that wouldn’t be particularly surprising. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 12 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Preponderance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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pre·​pon·​der·​ance pri-ˈpän-d(ə-)rən(t)s How to pronounce preponderance (audio)
: a greater quantity, number, weight, or importance
the preponderance of evidence suggests that the accused is guilty

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