preponderance
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /pɹɪˈpɒnd(ə)ɹəns/
Noun

preponderance

  1. Excess or superiority of weight, influence, or power, etc.; an outweighing.
    • 18, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter 11, in The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, volume (please specify ), London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, OCLC 1069526323 ↗:
    • 1900, Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams, Avon Books, (translated by James Strachey) pg. 168:
      But even less disgruntled observers have insisted that pain and un-pleasure are more common in dreams than pleasure: for instance, Scholz (1893, 57), Volkelt (1875, 80), and others. Indeed two ladies, Florence Hallam and Sarah Weed (1896, 499), have actually given statistical expression, based on a study of their own dreams, to the preponderance of unpleasure in dreaming.
  2. (obsolete) The excess of weight of that part of a cannon behind the trunnions over that in front of them.
  3. The greater portion of the weight.
  4. The majority.
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