(Pre*pense") v. t. [Pref. pre + F. penser to think. See Pansy.] To weigh or consider
beforehand; to premeditate. [Obs.] Spenser. Sir T. Elyot.
(Pre*pense"), v. i. To deliberate beforehand. [Obs.]
(Pre*pense"), a. [See Pansy, and cf. Prepense, v. t.] Devised, contrived, or planned
beforehand; preconceived; premeditated; aforethought; usually placed after the word it qualifies; as, malice
This has not arisen from any misrepresentation or error prepense.Southey.
(Pre*pense"ly), adv. In a premeditated manner.
(Pre*pol"lence Pre*pol"len*cy) n. [L. praepollentia.] The quality or state of being prepollent; superiority
of power; predominance; prevalence. [R.] Coventry.
(Pre*pol"lent) a. [L. praepollens, p. p. of praepollere to surpass in power; prae before +
pollere to be powerful.] Having superior influence or power; prevailing; predominant. [R.] Boyle.
(||Pre*pol"lent) n.; pl. Prepollices [NL. See Pre-, Pollex.] (Anat.) An extra first digit, or
rudiment of a digit, on the preaxial side of the pollex.
(Pre*pon"der) v. t. To preponderate. [Obs.]
(Pre*pon"der*ance Pre*pon"der*an*cy) n. [Cf. F. prépondérance.]
1. The quality or state of being preponderant; superiority or excess of weight, influence, or power, etc.; an
The mind should . . . reject or receive proportionably to the preponderancy of the greater grounds of
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.
(Pre*pon"der*ant) a. [L. praeponderans, -antis: cf. F. prépondérant. See Preponderate.]
Preponderating; outweighing; overbalancing; used literally and figuratively; as, a preponderant weight; of
preponderant importance. Pre*pon"der*ant*ly, adv.
(Pre*pon"der*ate) v. t. [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.