Definition of preponderant in English:

preponderant

Line breaks: pre|pon¦der|ant
Pronunciation: /prɪˈpɒnd(ə)r(ə)nt
 
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adjective

Predominant in influence, number, or importance: the preponderant influence of the US within the alliance
More example sentences
  • ‘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.
Synonyms
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
rare prepotent, prepollent

Origin

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

Derivatives

preponderantly

adverb
More 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.

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