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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The case is being heard in civil court, and the family's attorneys only need to prove their case by a preponderance of the evidence — a contrast from a criminal case, in which evidence must be proved beyond a reasonable doubt. Lavendrick Smith, Dallas News, "Family of man shot to death by Dallas officer testifies he'd never fight police, always said, 'I'm running'," 21 Aug. 2019 Even without complete control, their fear can be countered through a wider perspective about the preponderance of good in humanity. The Christian Science Monitor, "Saving the academic integrity of student-athletes," 16 Aug. 2019 Not all the neighborhoods with a preponderance of pools are so high-end. Michael Kolomatsky, New York Times, "Where Are the Swimming Pools?," 1 Aug. 2019 Even without complete control, their fear can be countered through a wider perspective about the preponderance of good in humanity. The Christian Science Monitor, "China’s likely moves on Hong Kong," 15 Aug. 2019 The 1930 census for Ray’s neighborhood shows, among a preponderance of white people, African-Americans born in Tennessee, Texas, and other Southern states. Héctor Tobar, The New Yorker, "The Assassin Next Door," 22 July 2019 This movement of young people, and Japan’s long and lengthening life expectancy, has led to an extraordinary preponderance of old people in far-flung places. The Economist, "Rural areas bear the burden of Japan’s ageing, shrinking population," 29 June 2019 But an alternative theory posits that the cataclysm never happened and that the preponderance of rocks dating to 3.9 billion years ago is due to sample bias. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "Lunar Mysteries That Science Still Needs to Solve," 16 July 2019 That is not proof of 'abatement' by a preponderance of the evidence. Wayne Drash, CNN, "Johnson & Johnson wants Oklahoma opioid case tossed, 'fireworks' expected Monday," 7 July 2019

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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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