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Word of the day: Preponderance

Preponderance

prəˈpänd(ə)rəns

NOUN

The quality or fact of being greater in number, quantity, or importance.

EXAMPLE SENTENCES

"There was a preponderance of Marvel fans at the comic-con.”

“When we were house hunting, there was a preponderance of new construction homes.”

“I hope there won’t be a preponderance of meat dishes at the buffet and there are a few vegetarian items.”

WORD ORIGIN

English, late 17th century

Why This Word?

This noun, which describes the state of being more than in quantity or importance, developed in English several centuries ago, through a few different parts of speech. Going back to Middle English in the 1500s, we can see the Latin verb "praeponderāre," which came into English as the verb "preponder," meaning "to outweigh in importance."

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