Definition of preponderant in English:



  • Predominant in influence, number, or importance.

    ‘the preponderant influence of the US within the alliance’
    • ‘In other words, it takes into account the preponderant aspect of a specific professional activity: whether it is weighted more heavily toward intellectual elaboration or toward muscularnervous effort.’
    • ‘This is a reflection of the preponderant US role in the drafting of this document.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Initially, at least, the preponderant view was that any alternative to bipolarity was likely to be some variation on multipolarity, with all of its depressing implications.’
    • ‘Any doubts about the seminal role of oil in determining a modern industrial nation's wealth can be laid to rest by reflecting on the preponderant weight of oil in the world's economy.’
    • ‘‘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.’’
    • ‘In view of its preponderant military and economic power, the willingness of the nation to exercise its influence over others is less remarkable than its relative restraint.’
    • ‘What is more, the Church enjoyed a preponderant influence in the daily lives of Italians, literally from the cradle to the grave.’
    • ‘Unions exercise a preponderant influence only because, in the Eighties, the country abandoned socialist political programmes under a socialist president.’
    • ‘As a preponderant power, it can provide an important public good by acting as a mediator.’
    • ‘To Mead, the majority population bore preponderant responsibility for the landscape's condition.’
    • ‘But it also has a special obligation to justify its actions by principles that transcend the assertions of preponderant power.’
    • ‘The preponderant influence of these players speaks to something else about the nature of football, a characteristic that lends the game a persistently subversive, rebellious quality.’
    • ‘The preponderant opinion was rural and reactionary and suspicious of some of the proposed social legislation.’
    • ‘The questions are here posed: is the continuance of Indian hunger and poverty a consequence of the smallness of the preponderant majority of the nation's farms?’
    • ‘Owing to its preponderant tribal population and geographical variation, this process in Orissa was different from the Indo-Gangetic model.’
    dominant, predominant, prevalent, in control, more powerful, most powerful, superior, supreme, ascendant, in the ascendancy
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Late Middle English: from Latin preponderant- ‘weighing more’, from the verb praeponderare (see preponderate).