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  • a preponderance of evidence against the defendant
  • Not less conspicuous is the preponderance of nature over will in all practical life.
    Emerson, Ralph Waldo  --  Essays, First Series
  • Due to the preponderance of such agricultural methods in the cultivation of illegal substances, we order you to cease and desist immediately….
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Among the Hidden
  • I’ve never seen such a preponderance of evidence implicating a suspect.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die

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  • It is to be achieved either by gradually acquiring more and more territory and so building up an overwhelming preponderance of power, or by the discovery of some new and unanswerable weapon.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • To attain this end we must secure a preponderance of virtue over vice and must endeavor to secure that the honest man may, even in this world, receive a lasting reward for his virtue.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • But he was twice the man the rest were, and his last night’s victory had given him a huge preponderance on their minds.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • Close at their side stood Heyward, with an interest in both, that, at such a moment of intense uncertainty, scarcely knew a preponderance in favor of her whom he most loved.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • She became aware, as she drew close to the Queen, of a preponderance of faeries standing very near them, in a circle around their Lady.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • This purpose had not been preponderantly to make money-it had been rather to learn something and to do something.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square

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  • In the wealthy Kashinsky province, which always took the lead of other provinces in everything, there was now such a preponderance of forces that this policy, once carried through properly there, might serve as a model for other provinces for all Russia.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • It is a disease of pregnancy, of mysterious origin, found preponderantly among poor women.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • "Perhaps," says Simon, "we are also — preponderantly — what we forget."
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • "Well—no, you have tremendous vanity, but it’ll amuse the people who notice its preponderance."
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • And in balancing his faults with his perfections, the latter seemed rather to preponderate.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Almost everything, especially of Government policy, is an inseparable compound of the two, so that our best judgment of the preponderance between them is continually demanded.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • What I mean is that since the preponderance of cultural influences has come down to us from European early settlers, and since those early settlers inflicted their values on the "benighted" cultures they encountered ("benighted," from the Old English, meaning "anyone darker than myself"), those inflicted values have gained ascendancy.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • But I am constrained to take a view of the case which gives the preponderance to Mr. Farebrother’s claims.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • But as before the lightning the serried stormclouds, heavy with preponderant excess of moisture, in swollen masses turgidly distended, compass earth and sky in one vast slumber, impending above parched field and drowsy oxen and blighted growth of shrub and verdure till in an instant a flash rives their centres and with the reverberation of the thunder the cloudburst pours its torrent, so and not otherwise was the transformation, violent and instantaneous, upon the utterance of the…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • He had been a very small boy when his father, Daniel Tracy Touchett, a native of Rutland, in the State of Vermont, came to England as subordinate partner in a banking-house where some ten years later he gained preponderant control.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • A second and still greater cause of the preponderance of this court may be adduced.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • The people, by throwing themselves into either scale, will infallibly make it preponderate.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Because of the preponderance of Americans, the crowd has a garish and surreal look about it.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • The studio was much fuller than it had been in the morning, and there was not the preponderance of English and Americans; nor were women there in so large a proportion.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • And while it is questionable on which side the scale will preponderate, it is certain that a government less expensive would be incompetent to the purposes of the Union.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • That battle was lost by the unfortunate strategical opening, by the extraordinary and unforseen power of the armored columns, and by the great preponderance of the German Army in numbers.
    Winston Churchill  --  Their Finest Hour
  • From his long association with the white men, the habits of Mohegan were a mixture of the civilized and savage states, though there was certainly a strong preponderance in favor of the latter.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • He had been a very small boy when his father, Daniel Tracy Touchett, a native of Rutland, in the State of Vermont, came to England as subordinate partner in a banking-house where some ten years later he gained preponderant control.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • The peculiar and preponderating fact which marks those ages as its own is the equality of conditions; the ruling passion of men in those periods is the love of this equality.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • Very soon, as with the other contestants, it is made apparent that some of the drivers are more in favor than others; and then the discovery follows that nearly every individual on the benches, women and children as well as men, wears a color, most frequently a ribbon upon the breast or in the hair: now it is green, now yellow, now blue; but, searching the great body carefully, it is manifest that there is a preponderance of white, and scarlet and gold.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • [Pg268] VIII Proper Names in America § 1 /Surnames/—A glance at any American city directory is sufficient to show that, despite the continued political and cultural preponderance of the original English strain, the American people have quite ceased to be authentically English in race, or even authentically British.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • While the foregoing conversation was proceeding, Master Wackford, finding himself unnoticed, and feeling his preponderating inclinations strong upon him, had by little and little sidled up to the table and attacked the food with such slight skirmishing as drawing his fingers round and round the inside of the plates, and afterwards sucking them with infinite relish; picking the bread, and dragging the pieces over the surface of the butter; pocketing lumps of sugar, pretending all the…
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • But it had a preponderating tendency, when considered, to become fainter.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • There can be no doubt that this circumstance will always secure to them a preponderating influence over the militia.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • If the laws had made it as feeble and as circumscribed as it is in the Union, its influence would very soon become still more preponderant.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • In America the President exercises a certain influence on State affairs, but he does not conduct them; the preponderating power is vested in the representatives of the whole nation.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • It rarely happens that an individual can at once collect the majority of the suffrages of a great people; and this difficulty is enhanced in a republic of confederate States, where local influences are apt to preponderate.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • I shall take occasion hereafter to show under what form the preponderating taste of a democratic people for very general ideas manifests itself in politics; but I would point out, at the present stage of my work, its principal effect on philosophy.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • But it may even be affirmed that they were unable to ensure the preponderance of the Federal element in a case of this kind.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • That class makes its opinions preponderate as universally as its will, and even those who are most inclined to resist its commands are carried away in the end by its example.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • Several other circumstances concur in rendering the power of the majority in America not only preponderant, but irresistible.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • I worked the thing out with the Presidents of the United States once, and found that way over half of them were light-haired—yet think of the preponderant number of brunettes in the race.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • And now both scales being reduced to a pretty even balance, her love to her mistress being thrown into the scale of her integrity, made that rather preponderate, when a circumstance struck upon her imagination which might have had a dangerous effect, had its whole weight been fairly put into the other scale.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Thus intellectual authority will be different, but it will not be diminished; and far from thinking that it will disappear, I augur that it may readily acquire too much preponderance, and confine the action of private judgment within narrower limits than are suited either to the greatness or the happiness of the human race.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • In the United States, as soon as a party is become preponderant, all public authority passes under its control; its private supporters occupy all the places, and have all the force of the administration at their disposal.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • But beneath this artificial enthusiasm, and these obsequious attentions to the preponderating power, it is easy to perceive that the wealthy members of the community entertain a hearty distaste to the democratic institutions of their country.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • The preponderance of capital cities is therefore a serious blow upon the representative system, and it exposes modern republics to the same defect as the republics of antiquity, which all perished from not having been acquainted with that form of government.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • The legislators who formed the Constitution of 1789 endeavored to confer a distinct and preponderating authority upon the federal power.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • I had perceived from many different results the preponderance of the whites.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • In a country consisting chiefly of the cultivators of land, where the rules of an equal representation obtain, the landed interest must, upon the whole, preponderate in the government.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
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