intransitive verb-·at·ed, -·at·ing
- Now Rare to weigh more; be heavier
- to sink or incline downward, as a scale of a balance
- to surpass others in amount, number, power, influence, importance, etc.; predominate
Origin of preponderatefrom Classical Latin praeponderatus, past participle of praeponderare from prae-, before + ponderare, to weigh from pondus, weight: see pound
intransitive verbpre·pon·der·at·ed, pre·pon·der·at·ing, pre·pon·der·ates
- To exceed something else in weight.
- To be greater than something else, as in power, force, quantity, or importance; predominate: “In balancing his faults with his perfections, the latter seemed rather to preponderate” ( Henry Fielding )
Origin of preponderateLatin praeponderāre praeponderāt- prae- pre- ponderāre to weigh ; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present preponderates, present participle preponderating, simple past and past participle preponderated)
From Latin praeponderatus, past participle of praeponderÄre (“to outweigh")