Definition of preponderance in US English:



  • The quality or fact of being greater in number, quantity, or importance.

    ‘the preponderance of women among older people’
    ‘forests with a preponderance of Apache pine’
    • ‘The preponderance of data came from experiments with temperate and coniferous trees.’
    • ‘His preponderance of strength allowed him to perform several offensive operations in near parallel.’
    • ‘The preponderance of studies support the connection between newspaper content and circulation.’
    • ‘The preponderance of scientific evidence supports the overriding similarities between men and women.’
    • ‘He raised the possibility that this might have something to do with male preponderance at the very top of research science.’
    • ‘The preponderance of the available evidence indicates there was no attack.’
    • ‘The preponderance of the evidence is that the effect is statistical clustering, nothing more.’
    • ‘Their apparent preponderance may be due to the fact that they have been the most commonly used corticosteroids.’
    • ‘Science proceeds on preponderance of evidence, not on finality.’
    • ‘By 1750 the Dutch Republic's decline was manifest and Britain had established its preponderance.’
    • ‘This preponderance of Asians, particularly in the vast numbers of Japanese tourists the city attracts, has left its marks on the cuisine.’
    • ‘He also points to the troubling preponderance of women in teaching: there are now more women than men teaching in our secondary schools.’
    • ‘The preponderance of shops nowadays is an unhappy sign of modern life.’
    • ‘The preponderance of Latin terms seemed to serve two purposes.’
    • ‘This conclusion is supported by the great preponderance of informed commentary.’
    prevalence, predominance, dominance
    bulk, majority, greater quantity, larger part, best part, better part, main part, most, almost all, more than half, mass, weight, body, main body, lion's share, predominance, generality
    predominance, dominance, ascendancy, leadership, mastery, supremacy, control, sway, power
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