I. verb (-ated; -ating) Etymology: Latin praeponderatus, past participle of praeponderare, from prae- + ponder-, pondus weight — more at pendant Date: 1623 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 • preponderation noun II. adjective Date: 1802 preponderantpreponderately adverb

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  • preponderate — pre·pon·der·ate /pri pän də ˌrāt/ vi at·ed, at·ing: to have greater credibility or convincing weight: have an outweighing effect the evidence either was evenly balanced or preponderated in favor of the state Weston v. State, 682 P.2d 1119 (1984)… …   Law dictionary

  • Preponderate — Pre*pon der*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Preponderated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Preponderating}.] [L. praeponderatus, p. p. of praeponderare; prae before + ponderare to weigh, fr., pondus, ponderis, a weight. See {Ponder}.] 1. To outweigh; to overpower by …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Preponderate — Pre*pon der*ate, v. i. 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. [1913 Webster] That is… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • preponderate — 1620s, to weigh more than, from L. praeponderare outweigh, from prae before (see PRE (Cf. pre )) + ponderare to weigh (see POUND (Cf. pound) (n.1)). Meaning to exceed in force or power is from 1799 …   Etymology dictionary

  • preponderate — ► VERB ▪ be preponderant. ORIGIN Latin praeponderare weigh more …   English terms dictionary

  • preponderate — [prē pän′dər āt΄, pripän′dər āt΄] vi. preponderated, preponderating [< L praeponderatus, pp. of praeponderare < prae , before + ponderare, to weigh < pondus, weight: see POUND1] 1. Now Rare to weigh more; be heavier 2. to sink or incline …   English World dictionary

  • preponderate — preponderation, n. /pri pon deuh rayt /, v.i., preponderated, preponderating. 1. to exceed something else in weight; be the heavier. 2. to incline downward or descend, as one scale or end of a balance, because of greater weight; be weighed down.… …   Universalium

  • preponderate — verb a) To outweigh; to overpower by weight; to exceed in weight; to overbalance. b) To overpower by stronger or moral power. See Also: preponder …   Wiktionary

  • preponderate — Synonyms and related words: best, bestride, better, cap, dictate, dominate, domineer, exceed, excel, go one better, have the ascendancy, improve on, master, outweigh, overbalance, overbear, overcome, overpass, overtop, perfect, play first fiddle …   Moby Thesaurus

  • preponderate — I (Roget s IV) v. Syn. excel, outdo, predominate; see exceed , surpass . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To occupy the preeminent position in: dominate, predominate, prevail, reign, rule. Idioms: have the ascendancy, reign supreme. See OVER …   English dictionary for students

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