Definition of Preponderance

1. Noun. Superiority in power or influence. "The preponderance of wealth and power"

Generic synonyms: Power, Powerfulness
Derivative terms: Preponderant, Preponderate



2. Noun. A superiority in numbers or amount. "A preponderance of evidence against the defendant"
Exact synonyms: Prevalence
Generic synonyms: Figure, Number
Derivative terms: Preponderate, Prevail

3. Noun. Exceeding in heaviness; having greater weight. "The least preponderance in either pan will unbalance the scale"
Generic synonyms: Heaviness, Weightiness
Derivative terms: Preponderate

Definition of Preponderance

1. n. The quality or state of being preponderant; superiority or excess of weight, influence, or power, etc.; an outweighing.

Definition of Preponderance

1. Noun. Excess or superiority of weight, influence, or power, etc.; an outweighing. ¹

2. Noun. (obsolete) The excess of weight of that part of a cannon behind the trunnions over that in front of them. ¹

3. Noun. The greater portion of the weight. ¹

4. Noun. The majority. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Preponderance

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Literary usage of Preponderance

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1. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1919)
"In a landlord's proceeding to eject a tenant, the burden was upon the landlord to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that he had given the notice to ..."

2. Judicial and Statutory Definitions of Words and Phrases by West Publishing Company (1914)
"Saying, in defining "a fair preponderance of the evidence," that it is such ... "preponderance of evidence" is not necessarily determined by the number of ..."

3. The Earth and Man, Lectures on Comparative Physical Geography in Its by Arnold Guyot (1890)
"... Consequences — Vegetation less abundant—preponderance of the animal world—The Old World the country of the higher and historical races—Reciprocal action ..."

4. History of the United States of America Under the Constitution by James Schouler (1904)
"... was the more hazardous mode of meeting anti-slavery agitation because it placed the South in the position of seeking such preponderance while the North ..."

5. The History of Civilization: From the Fall of the Roman Empire to the French by Guizot (François), M. Guizot, William Hazlitt (1856)
"... canons—Its origin and progress—Reformation of the monastic orders by Saint Benedict d'Aniane—They change character— preponderance of the temporal power ..."

6. History of the United States of America: Under the Constitution by James Schouler (1904)
"... was the more hazardous mode of meeting anti-slavery agitation because it placed the South in the position of seeking such preponderance while the North ..."

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