A Word A Day : Preponderant





Wednesday, 14th May 2008 : Today's Word is ...

Preponderant



( Adjective )




Pronunciation : pri-pón-de-rant


Definition:



1. Having superior weight, force, importance or influence

2. Greater in number, power or importance than something else of the same nature or class

3. Exercising controlling power or influence


Etymology:


Mid-17th century - Latin praeponderant-, present participle of praeponderare - outweigh - ponderare - weigh


Synonyms:


commanding, controlling, dominant, dominating, dominative, governing, paramount, regnant, reigning, ruling, overriding, predominant, predominate, preponderating


Antonyms:


lesser, inferior


Contextual Examples:


• Middlemarch' (1872), which is perhaps her masterpiece, it seems to some critics decidedly too
preponderant, giving to her novels too much the atmosphere of psychological text-books; and along with it goes much introduction of the actual facts of nineteenth century science.

• And it is in fresh water that we find seven genera of Ganoid fishes, remnants of a once
preponderant order: and in fresh water we find some of the most anomalous forms now known in the world, as the Ornithorhynchus and Lepidosiren, which, like fossils, connect to a certain extent orders now widely separated in the natural scale.


Related Words:


preponderantly : Adverb

preponderance : Noun

preponderation : Noun

preponderate : Verb


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