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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No guard hairs were apparent to the naked eye, perhaps because of the preponderance of pashmina in the weave. National Geographic, "A rare antelope is being killed to make $20,000 scarves," 24 Apr. 2019 Now, thanks to a preponderance of highly specific information about consumers collected from sources such... Matthew Kassel, WSJ, "Ad Creators Get Inspiration From Big Data," 17 June 2019 In 2018, the UK enacted a law that requires all companies with over 250 staff to report its gender pay gap: Ogilvy’s mean gap was 21% in 2018 (pdf), mainly because of the preponderance of men in senior roles. Cassie Werber, Quartz at Work, "Women are making advertising funnier, smarter, and way less sexist," 11 June 2019 The overwhelming preponderance of shapes resist such elegant formulation. Quanta Magazine, "Why Mathematicians Can’t Find the Hay in a Haystack," 17 Sep. 2018 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

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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

formal : a greater amount or number of something

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