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preponderance

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Definition having greater weight (metaphorically); i.e., superiority in amount or influence, or importance
  • a preponderance of evidence against the defendant
preponderance = having greater weight (metaphorically); i.e., superiority in amount or influence, or importance
  • Not less conspicuous is the preponderance of nature over will in all practical life.
    Emerson, Ralph Waldo  --  Essays, First Series
  • But he was twice the man the rest were, and his last night's victory had given him a huge preponderance on their minds.
    Stevenson, Robert Louis  --  Treasure Island
  • the preponderance of good over evil
  • 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
  • "Perhaps," says Simon, "we are also — preponderantly — what we forget."
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • But it had a preponderating tendency, when considered, to become fainter.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • 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
  • I've never seen such a preponderance of evidence implicating a suspect.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • It is a disease of pregnancy, of mysterious origin, found preponderantly among poor women.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • 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
  • "Well—no, you have tremendous vanity, but it'll amuse the people who notice its preponderance."
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • 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
  • But I am constrained to take a view of the case which gives the preponderance to Mr. Farebrother's claims.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • And in balancing his faults with his perfections, the latter seemed rather to preponderate.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Because of the preponderance of Americans, the crowd has a garish and surreal look about it.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • This purpose had not been preponderantly to make money-it had been rather to learn something and to do something.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • 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
  • 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

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