preponderant

adjective pre·pon·der·ant \ pri-ˈpän-d(ə-)rənt \

Definition of preponderant

1 :having superior weight, force, or influence
2 :having greater prevalence

preponderantly

adverb

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First Known Use of preponderant

15th century

Synonym Discussion of preponderant

dominant, predominant, paramount, preponderant mean superior to all others in influence or importance. dominant applies to something that is uppermost because ruling or controlling.
    • a dominant social class
predominant applies to something that exerts, often temporarily, the most marked influence.
    • a predominant emotion
paramount implies supremacy in importance, rank, or jurisdiction.
    • unemployment was the paramount issue in the campaign
preponderant applies to an element or factor that outweighs all others in influence or effect.
    • preponderant evidence in her favor

PREPONDERANT Defined for English Language Learners

preponderant

adjective

Definition of preponderant for English Language Learners

  • : greater in number, force, or importance


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