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
Recent Examples on the Web The preponderance of the evidence is clear: More guns means more deaths, both from self-harm and harm to others. Star Tribune, 9 June 2021 That informs us that a preponderance of the group is middle income or reasonably close to it. Robert Goulder, Forbes, 7 June 2021 On the other side of the argument, supporting the virus' transfer or spillover in nature, is the vast preponderance of scientific research on the subject to date. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, 29 May 2021 The preponderance of discrimination and violence against Asian Americans has been hard to ingest, and many are looking for solutions. Simone Morris, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021 The preponderance of proposals in Congress are to give increased authority to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Tom Wheeler, Time, 5 Apr. 2021 As with the shootings last month in Atlanta—in which six of the eight victims were women of Asian descent—the preponderance of Sikh victims in Thursday’s shooting raised questions about whether the attack was motivated by ethnic or religious animus. Nora Naughton, WSJ, 17 Apr. 2021 Aha, the counter to the counterargument is that the preponderance of driving in the United States today is not ridesharing, which is a drop in the bucket. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 5 Apr. 2021 With 700,000 residents and a preponderance of businesses and industries, Jefferson County places the heaviest burden on its judges. Roy S. Johnson |, al, 14 Mar. 2021

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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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16 Jun 2021

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“Preponderance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of preponderance

formal : a greater amount or number of something


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