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preponderance


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Preponderance  \Pre*pon"der*ance\,  Preponderancy 
  \Pre*pon"der*an*cy\,  n.  [Cf.  F.  pr['e]pond['e]rance.] 
  1.  The  quality  or  state  of  being  preponderant;  superiority  or 
  excess  of  weight,  influence,  or  power,  etc.;  an 
  outweighing. 
 
  The  mind  should  .  .  .  reject  or  receive 
  proportionably  to  the  preponderancy  of  the  greater 
  grounds  of  probability.  --Locke. 
 
  In  a  few  weeks  he  had  changed  the  relative  position 
  of  all  the  states  in  Europe,  and  had  restored  the 
  equilibrium  which  the  preponderance  of  one  power  had 
  destroyed.  --Macaulay. 
 
  2.  (Gun.)  The  excess  of  weight  of  that  part  of  a  canon  behind 
  the  trunnions  over  that  in  front  of  them 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  preponderance 
  n  :  a  superiority  in  numbers  [syn:  {prevalence}] 




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