preponderate

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verb

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

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

preponderate

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adjective

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

Examples of preponderate in a Sentence

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Verb
Representation has preponderated in the medium to such an extent that its hold has seemed complete. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, 28 Mar. 2018

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

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

First Known Use

Verb

circa 1611, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Adjective

1818, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of preponderate was circa 1611

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Cite this Entry

“Preponderate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/preponderate. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Legal Definition

preponderate

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