pre·​pon·​der·​ate | \ pri-ˈpän-də-ˌrāt How to pronounce preponderate (audio) \
preponderated; preponderating

Definition of preponderate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to exceed in weight
2 : to exceed in influence, power, or importance
3 : to exceed in numbers

transitive verb

1 archaic : outweigh
2 archaic : to weigh down


pre·​pon·​der·​ate | \ pri-ˈpän-də-rət How to pronounce preponderate (audio) \

Definition of preponderate (Entry 2 of 2)

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preponderation \ pri-​ˌpän-​də-​ˈrā-​shən How to pronounce preponderation (audio) , ˌprē-​ How to pronounce preponderation (audio) \ noun


preponderately adverb

Examples of preponderate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Representation has preponderated in the medium to such an extent that its hold has seemed complete. Mark Feeney,, "With György Kepes, photographs as experiments," 28 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of preponderate


circa 1611, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


1818, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for preponderate


Latin praeponderatus, past participle of praeponderare, from prae- + ponder-, pondus weight — more at pendant

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The first known use of preponderate was circa 1611

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“Preponderate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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intransitive verb
pre·​pon·​der·​ate | \ pri-ˈpän-də-ˌrāt How to pronounce preponderate (audio) \
preponderated; preponderating

Legal Definition of preponderate

: to have greater credibility or convincing weight : have an outweighing effect the evidence either was evenly balanced or preponderated in favor of the stateWeston v. State, 682 P.2d 1119 (1984) such evidence preponderates against the board's decision

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to insert between existing elements

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