- to weigh more than
- to be more important, valuable, etc. than
The woman on the right outweighs the woman on the left.
- When you weigh 100 pounds and your friend weighs 90 pounds, this is an example of when you outweigh your friend.
- When there are many positives and only one negative on a new house you are thinking about buying, this is an example of when the positives outweigh the negative.
Outweigh is to be heavier than, or to be more important or more valuable.
transitive verbout·weighed, out·weigh·ing, out·weighs
- To weigh more than.
- To be more significant than; exceed in value or importance: The benefits outweigh the risks.
- If his evil works outweigh his good, he falls finally under the power of Satan, Vand the pains of hell are his portion for ever.
- He feared that Bonaparte's genius might outweigh all the courage of the Russian troops, and at the same time could not admit the idea of his hero being disgraced.
- The latter practice, however, is allowed both in Scotland and Ireland, the courts having held that the advantages to be obtained from dishorning outweigh the pain caused by the operation.
- Then follows the chequered period of the prime of life and middle age, during which the liability of men to industrial accidents, war and other causes of special mortality, irrespective of their greater inclination to emigrate, is generally sufficient to outweigh the dangers of childbirth or premature decay among the women, who tend, accordingly, to predominate in number at this stage.
- The benefits of civilization—from wealth to individual liberty and self-determination, from better health to safety and peace—all outweigh what its proponents can offer.