One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
no object To have greater weight, importance, etc.; = "preponderate".
with object And without object. To ponder beforehand, consider in advance.
Early 16th century (in an earlier sense). From classical Latin praeponderāre to outweigh, to be of greater weight, to incline in a particular direction, in post-classical Latin also to overburden (Vetus Latina), to outweigh in importance, to exceed from prae- + ponderāre<br>early 17th century; earliest use found in John Norden (c1547–1625), cartographer. From pre- + ponder.
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