Definition of preponderant in US English:



  • Predominant in influence, number, or importance.

    ‘the preponderant influence of the US within the alliance’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But it also has a special obligation to justify its actions by principles that transcend the assertions of preponderant power.’
    • ‘‘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.’’
    • ‘Owing to its preponderant tribal population and geographical variation, this process in Orissa was different from the Indo-Gangetic model.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What is more, the Church enjoyed a preponderant influence in the daily lives of Italians, literally from the cradle to the grave.’
    • ‘The preponderant opinion was rural and reactionary and suspicious of some of the proposed social legislation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is a reflection of the preponderant US role in the drafting of this document.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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).