Definition of preponderant in English:

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Pronunciation: /prɪˈpɒnd(ə)r(ə)nt/


Predominant in influence, number, or importance: the preponderant influence of the US within the alliance
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  • ‘It would be easy to see that this preponderant influence which would accrue to a very large unit could be abused, and would in any case be resented by all the other constituent units.’
  • Unions exercise a preponderant influence only because, in the Eighties, the country abandoned socialist political programmes under a socialist president.
  • The nation, moreover, continues to enjoy the preponderant influence among national actors in determining what issues do and do not dominate the organization's agenda.
dominant, predominant, prevalent, in control, more/most powerful, superior, supreme, ascendant, in the ascendancy;
controlling, more/most important, pre-eminent, predominating, ruling, leading, principal, chief, main



Pronunciation: /prɪˈpɒnd(ə)r(ə)ntli/
Example sentences
  • The English naval forces comprised 34 royal warships and some 170 privately owned ships, preponderantly drawn from East Anglia and Kent.
  • Howard's use of paint seems eminently sensuous, as do her colors, which in this show were preponderantly red-hued.
  • He finds that the National Science Foundation's research awards go preponderantly to fifteen universities.


Late Middle English: from Latin preponderant- 'weighing more', from the verb praeponderare (see preponderate).

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