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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v preponderate weigh more heavily "these considerations outweigh our wishes"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Preponderate To cause to prefer; to incline; to decide. "The desire to spare Christian blood preponderates him for peace."
    • v. i Preponderate To exceed in weight; hence, to incline or descend, as the scale of a balance; figuratively, to exceed in influence, power, etc.; hence; to incline to one side; as, the affirmative side preponderated . "That is no just balance in which the heaviest side will not preponderate ."
    • Preponderate To outweigh; to overpower by weight; to exceed in weight; to overbalance. "An inconsiderable weight, by distance from the center of the balance, will preponderate greater magnitudes."
    • Preponderate To overpower by stronger or moral power.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • preponderate To outweigh; surpass in weight, force, efficiency, or influence.
    • preponderate To cause to lean or incline in a particular direction; dispose; induce to a particular course of action or frame of mind.
    • preponderate To ponder or mentally weigh beforehand.
    • preponderate To exceed in weight; hence, to incline or droop, as the scale of a balance.
    • preponderate To have superior power, influence, force, or efficiency; predominate; prevail.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Preponderate prē-pon′dėr-āt to outweigh: to incline to one side: to exceed in power or influence
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. praeponderatus, p. p. of praeponderare,; prae, before + ponderare, to weigh, fr., pondus, ponderis, a weight. See Ponder
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. præ, before, ponderāre, -ātum, to weigh—pondus, a weight.


In literature:

The time-values of such variants are also dependent on the numerical preponderance of the typical form in the whole series.
"Harvard Psychological Studies, Volume 1" by Various
This preponderance of interest, of passion, in determining the results of a human being's working life, obtains throughout.
"Talks To Teachers On Psychology; And To Students On Some Of Life's Ideals" by William James
And how does the preponderance of butterflies in the upper regions of the air affect the colour and brilliancy of the flowers?
"Science in Arcady" by Grant Allen
Plato even complains of it as inconveniently preponderant, and as arresting the legislator in all comprehensive projects of reform.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 1" by Various
Lord Dalhousie, Governor-General in 1854, saw the danger of this great preponderance of Native troops.
"Forty-one years in India" by Frederick Sleigh Roberts
Thus the last three schools were preponderant in southern, northern and western India respectively.
"Hinduism And Buddhism, Volume II. (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
Let us now candidly ask what practical evil has arisen from this preponderance.
"The Prose Works of William Wordsworth" by William Wordsworth
The preponderance of the Celtic element in the Catholics of Ulster must be overwhelming.
"The Life Story of an Old Rebel" by John Denvir
In Spain and Portugal the internal causes are the preponderating ones, and, in some measure, though not altogether so, in Holland.
"An Inquiry into the Permanent Causes of the Decline and Fall of Powerful and Wealthy Nations." by William Playfair
No one sect is sufficiently preponderant to admit of that.
"Town Life in Australia" by R. E. N. (Richard) Twopeny
Anna's reign was the period of a preponderating German influence in politics and at court.
"A Short History of Russia" by Mary Platt Parmele
More gold was added, yet still the skull preponderated.
"Flowers from a Persian Garden and Other Papers" by W. A. Clouston
The important principle of law they are being told is what is known as the preponderance of evidence and the burden of proof.
"The Man in Court" by Frederic DeWitt Wells
Many races inhabit Borneo; but the Malays and Sea and Land Dyaks greatly preponderate.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 110, December, 1866" by Various
After crossing the Great Wall and staying in China proper, I still found the preponderating Muscovite influence.
"Empires and Emperors of Russia, China, Korea, and Japan" by Péter Vay
He is assuming to venture a preponderant claim.
"Abraham Lincoln's Cardinal Traits;" by Clark S. Beardslee
A preponderance of secretions would here be disease; but so would be a too great preponderance of nutrition.
"Principles of Political Economy, Vol. II" by William Roscher
This city has a preponderance of ignorant, polluted people among the Negroes.
"The Forged Note" by Oscar Micheaux
These latter desired to see cantonal self-government preponderating over the central authority.
"The Story of Switzerland" by Lina Hug
According to his showing, therefore, the preponderance of marsupial features are Eutherian.
"The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia" by Frank Evers Beddard

In news:

Los Angeles was once known for our preponderance of programmatic buildings.
While I was driving past some of the thousands of construction sites around our valley, I couldn't help but notice a preponderance of two plants.
2YO 3-O T B Bob 9-5 4-Third Choice 2-1 1-Ethelred 3-1 5-Speedyberg 8-1 2-Preponderate 6-1 6-No Calcetines 12-1 SECOND-1 mile.
A criminal defendant who seeks to have counsel appointed at public expense bears the burden of proving indigency by a preponderance of the evidence, the Supreme Judicial Court has ruled.
"Almost everything, especially of government policy, is an inseparable compound of the two, so that our best judgment of the preponderance between them is continually demanded".
Urinary bladder pheochromocytoma has no sex predilection, but there is a slight female preponderance.1,2 Childhood pheochromocytomas are more commonly multicentric and extra adrenal and only 2% of these pheochromocytomas are malignant.2.
As I was driving down a busy street in St Paul last week, I noticed among the preponderance of political yard signs that one stood out.
Are you intimidated by the preponderance of video geek terminology.
Though one will note a preponderance of animal renderings in the Los Muros Hablan renderings, it wasn't all frogs and frog -killers in the Santurce streets.
The vast preponderance of news reporting about Hollywood concerns the weekly box-office race.
We have described a case of erosive osteoarthritis in 3 generations of women that supports a strong genetic component and female preponderance of the disease.
As I was driving down a busy street in St Paul, Minn. Last week, I noticed among the preponderance of political yard signs that one stood out.
The suggestion by defense council that this was consensual is preponderous .
The overwhelming preponderous of the evidence indicates that's mistaken.
Metzler says the preponderance of low-end wines has harmed sherry 's image, obscuring the visibility of quality products on the market.

In science:

The phenomenon of spin–zero preponderance seems a robust and rather generic feature which has received much attention since, see the reviews [19, 20] and references therein.
The Two-Body Random Ensemble in Nuclei
The dependence of the scaling factors r(J ) on J and the distribution of and correlations among the spectral widths σ(J ) together lead to an understanding of the preponderance of spin–zero ground states.
The Two-Body Random Ensemble in Nuclei
Central to an understanding of the preponderance of spin–zero ground states in nuclei are the correlations between the spectral widths σ(J ) pertaining to different values of J .
The Two-Body Random Ensemble in Nuclei
TBRE offers a satisfactory explanation for the preponderance of ground states with zero spin observed for this ensemble.
The Two-Body Random Ensemble in Nuclei
This approach allowed us to give a semi–quantitative explanantion for the preponderance of spin–zero ground states both for a single j –shell and for the sd–shell.
The Two-Body Random Ensemble in Nuclei
The discovery by Johnson et al. (1998) of the preponderance of spin zero ground states used a specific version of the TBRE.
Random Matrices and Chaos in Nuclear Physics
The preponderance of claimed elliptical hosts, where star formation is absent, argues against alternative short burst origins such as shortlived outflows from massive stellar collapses [477].
Gamma-Ray Bursts
The preponderance of short-lived massive star formation in such young galaxies, as well as the identification of a SN Ib/c light curve peaking weeks after the burst in few cases, has provided strong support for a massive stellar collapse origin of long GRBs, as argued by [514, 346, 513].
Gamma-Ray Bursts
Specifically, the 1f7/2 orbital is comparatively far away from both the neighboring ds and upper f p shells which means there is a preponderance of a single-j coherence over configuration mixing in the low-lying nuclear states for such nuclei.
Underlying symmetries of realistic interactions and the nuclear many-body problem
If this preponderance of secondaries should prove to be true of Mars as well, it would affect estimates of the ages of various parts of the surface based on crater numbers.
Astrophysics in 2006
Separating antimatter from matter particles in cosmic rays (CRs) is not an easy task, because of the preponderance of protons, followed by electrons, which have already a flux, which is several orders of magnitude lower, as demonstrated in Fig. 4 .
Indirect Dark Matter Searches in the Light of ATIC, FERMI, EGRET and PAMELA
After all, the preponderance of scientific papers are not cited very commonly.
Nonuniversal power law scaling in the probability distribution of scientific citations
The sparsity assumption has become preponderant in modern, high-dimensional statistics.
Optimal detection of sparse principal components in high dimension
On the one hand, the relative ease of producing reviews, combined with the pressure for businesses, products, and services to be perceived in a positive light, might lead one to expect that a preponderance of online reviews are fake.
Estimating the Prevalence of Deception in Online Review Communities
As an aside, note the preponderance of the number three in my list of questions: three dimensions, three generations, and three colors.
FPCP 2012 Summary Talk on Experiments