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The orchestra (gamelan) consists of wind, string and percussion instruments, the latter being in preponderancy to the other two.

Owing to this simple omission, the crane got a preponderancy to one side, and fell upon the building with a terrible crash.

WORD ORIGIN

1680s, "greater weight," from Latin praeponderans, present participle of praeponderare "make heavier" (see preponderate). Sense of "greater importance" is from 1780; that of "greater number" is from 1845.

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