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Definition of the noun preponderance

What does preponderance mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: preponderances

  1. superiority in power or influence
    • examples: the preponderance of good over evil | the preponderance of wealth and power
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic words: power / powerfulness = possession of controlling influence
  2. a superiority in numbers or amount
    • example: a preponderance of evidence against the defendant
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of preponderance: prevalence
    • more generic words: figure / number = the property possessed by a sum or total or indefinite quantity of units or individuals
  3. exceeding in heaviness; having greater weight
    • example: the least preponderance in either pan will unbalance the scale
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic words: heaviness / weightiness = the property of being comparatively great in weight

Alternative definition of the noun preponderance


  1. Excess or superiority of weight, influence, or power, etc.; an outweighing.
  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.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for preponderance

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Google previewChou's Electrocardiography in Clinical Practice (2008)

Adult and Pediatric by Borys Surawicz, Timothy Knilans

RIGHT VENTRICULAR HYPERTROPHY Right ventricular preponderance is the rule in the term newborn and young ...

Google previewLouisiana Tort Law (2016)

by Frank L. Maraist, Thomas C. Galligan Jr.

A preponderance is the general burden of persuasion in tort claims. Proof to a higher standard, such as “clear and convincing,” is required in some instances. Because causeinfact is a fact question, a jury finding on causeinfact traditionally ...

Google previewWritings of Nietzsche: Volume II

by Friedrich Nietzsche

Experience shows, that this preponderance is gradually produced only through Motion, that the preponderance is the result of a ...

Google previewTexas State Journal of Medicine (1921)

Right and Left Ventricular Preponderance. — Right or left ventricular preponderance is a condition in which the ventricle has undergone hypertrophy, often both ...

Google previewThe Kentucky Judicial Dictionary (1916)

Being a Compilation of All Words, Phrases and Maxims which Have Been Defined, Construed, Interpreted Or Applied in Reported Kentucky Cases, and in Kentucky Constitution, Statutes and Codes of Practice by Fred P. Caldwell

The word "preponderance" should not be used in such instructions, as it is only calculated to embarrass the jury when considering the issue. Id. An instruction requiring the party on whom the burden of proof rests to establish some issue of fact ...

Google previewBouvier's Law Dictionary and Concise Encyclopedia (1914)

by John Bouvier, Francis Rawle


Google previewThe Encyclopedia of American Law (2009)

by David Andrew Schultz

preponderance of evidence purpose of the PDA, the Court concluded, was to prohibit discrimination based on pregnancy; states could, however, provide preferential treatment in such cases if they chose to do so. Further protecting ...

Google previewThe American and English Encyclopedia of Law (1892)

by John Houston Merrill, Thomas Johnson Michie, Charles Frederic Williams, David Shephard Garland

But it must be remembered that a party is entitled to the presumption of innocence in civil as well as in criminal cases, and there cannot be said to be a preponderance of evidence establishing a crime unless such evidence outweighs the ...

Google previewThe Virginia and West Virginia Judicial Dictionary-digest (1922)

Words and Phrases. Being a Compilation of All Words, Phrases and Maxims which Have Been Defined, Construed, Interpreted Or Applied in Virginia and West Virginia Cases and in the Codes of Those States, Combined with a Digest of Virginia and West Virginia Cases and Principles of Law as Therein Applied by Fred P. Caldwell

DISTINCT PREPONDERANCE. It is not proper to instruct that there must be a distinct preponderance of the evidence in plaintiff's favor to warrant a verdict for him. It is not essential that the evidence on behalf of a party on whom ...

Google previewDictionary of Psychopathology (2012)

by Henry Kellerman

A reasonable number of Ws indicate decent organizational ability, while a preponderance of such responses can suggest a passive orientation in the subject. □ DW—use of a large detail of the blot to explain the entire blot. It is understood to ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of United States Supreme Court Reports (1909)

Being a Complete Encyclopedia of All the Case Law of the Federal Supreme Court Up to and Including Volume 206 U.S. Supreme Court Reports (book 51 Lawyers' Edition)

Preponderance of Evidence—1. IN GENERAL.—In civil cases the duty of the jury is to weigh the evidence carefully, and to find for the party in whose 2 ...

Google previewThe MIT Encyclopedia of Communication Disorders (2004)

by Raymond D. Kent, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The intensity difference between right-beating and left-beating caloric nystagmus is called directional preponderance (DP). The formula for directional preponderance is: x 100 (RW + LC) – (RC + LW) RW + LC + RC + LW where RW, RC, LW, ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Law (1893)

Consisting of Judicial Definitions and Explanations of Words, Phrases, and Maxims, and an Exposition of the Principles of Law : Comprising a Dictionary and Compendium of American and English Jurisprudence by William Caldwell Anderson

PREPONDERANCE.8 Superiority of weight; outweighing. More, therefore, than • weight.” " See 4. 2 (1879); Northwestern ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of White-Collar & Corporate Crime (2005)

by Lawrence M. Salinger

In civil prosecutions, the level is generally what is known as “beyond a preponderance of evidence” while in criminal cases the proof level is “beyond a reasonable doubt.” The preponderance of evidence standard is basically a “more likely ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of English Music (2011)

ca. 1400-1958 by Charles Edward McGuire, Steven E. Plank

However, distinctions are also readily apparent, such as the greater preponderance ...

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Conservatives, despite their increasingly powerful presence on cable TV and talk radio, feel excluded and disregarded by the longstanding preponderance of liberal voices on public television. (Michael Medved)
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Scrabble value of P3R1E1P3O1N1D2E1R1A1N1C3E1

The value of this 13-letter word is 20 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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