AskDefine | Define preponderate

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preponderate v : weigh more heavily [syn: outweigh, overbalance, outbalance]

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  1. To outweigh; to overpower by weight; to exceed in weight; to overbalance.
  2. To overpower by stronger or moral power.
  3. To cause to prefer; to incline; to decide.
  4. To exceed in weight; hence, to incline or descend, as the scale of a balance; figuratively, to exceed in influence, power, etc.; hence; to incline to one side; as, the affirmative side preponderated.


Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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