Definition of outweigh in English:



  • Be heavier, greater, or more significant than.

    ‘the advantages greatly outweigh the disadvantages’
    • ‘In fact, coffee's pros probably outweigh its cons.’
    • ‘They see the disadvantages of doing so outweighing its advantages.’
    • ‘The desire for practicality clearly outweighed the desire for academic rigor.’
    • ‘The potential benefits from such a bold experiment in public policy greatly outweigh the risks.’
    • ‘Ultimately, such flaws are vastly outweighed by the book's contributions.’
    • ‘Yes, it's annoying, but the benefits of having email certainly outweigh the annoyances associated with it.’
    • ‘However, the NIH consensus panel notes that the benefits far outweigh the risks.’
    • ‘But the costs of global warming could vastly outweigh the modest cost of even quite vigorous action.’
    • ‘Still, for these gallery owners at least, the positives outweigh the negatives.’
    • ‘They feel, as I do, that the positives outweigh the negatives.’
    • ‘Yet the damage done by his grotesquely lopsided report vastly outweighs the gravity of the offence.’
    • ‘Yet, the advantages of e-mail clearly outweigh its limitations in many cases.’
    • ‘His errors of judgment, though, heavily outweighed those elements of progress.’
    • ‘As you can see, the pros clearly outweigh the miniscule cons.’
    • ‘Even so, many reputable authors agree that the benefits of having Service Pack 2 greatly outweigh the cons.’
    • ‘What goes in through the eyes always outweighs what goes in through the ears.’
    • ‘Remember that the safety of the many outweighs the lives of the few.’
    • ‘Eventually we realized that this first crop provided a wonderful learning opportunity, greatly outweighing the short-term cost.’
    • ‘In fact, the benefits far outweigh the risks and will lead to improved health care.’
    • ‘Would the benefits from the additional advertising outweigh what was being sacrificed in the cover price?’
    be heavier than
    be greater than, exceed, be superior to, take precedence over, take priority over, prevail over, have the edge on, have the edge over, preponderate over, override, tip the balance against, tip the scales against, turn the balance against, turn the scales against, supersede, offset, cancel out, make up for, more than make up for, outbalance, overbalance, compensate for, redress
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