Pre·pon·der·ance Pre·pon·der·an·cy n.
1. The quality or state of being preponderant; superiority or excess of weight, influence, or power, etc.; an outweighing.
The mind should . . . reject or receive proportionably to the preponderancy of the greater grounds of probability. --Locke.
In a few weeks he had changed the relative position of all the states in Europe, and had restored the equilibrium which the preponderance of one power had destroyed. --Macaulay.
2. Gun. The excess of weight of that part of a canon behind the trunnions over that in front of them.
n 1: superiority in power or influence; "the preponderance of
good over evil"; "the preponderance of wealth and power"
2: a superiority in numbers or amount; "there is a
preponderance of Blacks in our prisons" [syn: prevalence]
3: exceeding in heaviness; having greater weight; "the least
preponderance in either pan will unbalance the scale"