abun·dance | \ə-ˈbən-dən(t)s \

Definition of abundance 

1 : an ample quantity : an abundant amount : profusion a city that has an abundance of fine restaurants

2 : affluence, wealth a life of abundance

3 : relative degree of plentifulness low abundances of uranium and thorium— H. C. Urey

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Examples of abundance in a Sentence

a plant with an abundance of flowers a plant known for the abundance of its flowers

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Other than those three, the potential payoff is simply too slim and quarterback value in too great of abundance to justify taking one in the early or middle rounds. Michael Beller, SI.com, "Tips to Help You Ace Any Fantasy Football Draft," 4 July 2018 Skomal said great whites continue to be drawn by the abundance of seals who now call Massachusetts home. John R. Ellement, BostonGlobe.com, "There have been 7 shark sightings in 2 days on the Cape — and more are expected," 3 July 2018 So out of an abundance of caution, the family took the baby to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, the report said. Edmund Demarche, Fox News, "Family of baby treated at hospital with bottle of formula gets $18G bill: report," 29 June 2018 While communication was reestablished via alternate channels, authorities responded out of an abundance of caution. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "JetBlue Plane Mistakenly Stormed by Armed Police Officers After Radio Glitch," 27 June 2018 This colorful and refreshing punch is a classic inspired by the abundance of cranberries in Massachusetts. The Courier-Journal, "Make an easy, breezy summer cocktail for a crowd and get back to the party," 25 June 2018 Consider the problem posed by the abundance of scales for assessing gaming disorders, many of which overweight the clinical relevance of time spent gaming. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "WHO Calls Gaming Disorder an Illness. Experts Say Not So Fast," 19 June 2018 But in summer, similar functions may be disrupted by the abundance of sunlight, or by the heat that goes along with it, Rosenthal says. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Seasonal Depression Doesn't Just Happen in the Winter. Here's What to Know About Summertime Sadness," 5 June 2018 We are blessed to be surrounded by an abundance of land and trees. Roxanne Washington, cleveland.com, "Cool Spaces: Elegant white brick home one of five to be featured on Bath home/garden tour: (photos)," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of abundance

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for abundance

Middle English aboundaunce, habundaunce, borrowed from Anglo-French abundance, habundance, borrowed from Latin abundantia, noun derivative of abundant-, abundans abundant

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abun·dance | \ə-ˈbən-dəns \

Kids Definition of abundance

: a large quantity : plenty

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