pre·​pon·​der·​ant | \ pri-ˈpän-d(ə-)rənt How to pronounce preponderant (audio) \

Definition of preponderant

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

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preponderantly adverb

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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

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In Britain, England was always the preponderant partner. The Economist, "The siren call of separatism," 12 July 2018 Trump's defenders correctly note that polls show a preponderant majority of Republicans approve of his job performance. Ronald Brownstein, CNN, "Three options for Republicans plotting a Trump counterattack," 1 Nov. 2017 Polls found the initial Republican legislation faced preponderant public opposition: A late March Quinnipiac University survey found that fewer than one in five adults supported it, while 56 percent opposed it. Ronald Brownstein, The Atlantic, "What the GOP's Health-Care Gamble Means for 2018," 4 May 2017

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First Known Use of preponderant

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of preponderant

formal : greater in number, force, or importance

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