preponderate

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Preponderate \Pre*pon"der*ate\, verb (used without an object) 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.

That is no just balance in which the heaviest side will not preponderate. --Bp. Wilkins.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Preponderate \Pre*pon"der*ate\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Preponderated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Preponderating}.] [L. praeponderatus, p. p. of praeponderare; prae before + ponderare to weigh, fr., pondus, ponderis, a weight. See {Ponder}.]

1. To outweigh; to overpower by weight; to exceed in weight; to overbalance.

An inconsiderable weight, by distance from the center of the balance, will preponderate greater magnitudes. --Glanvill.

2. To overpower by stronger or moral power.

3. To cause to prefer; to incline; to decide. [Obs.]

The desire to spare Christian blood preponderates him for peace. --Fuller.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

preponderate

verb

1: weigh more heavily; "these considerations outweigh our wishes" [syn: {preponderate}, {outweigh}, {overbalance}, {outbalance}]


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