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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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Plus, who wouldn’t want to go to a place with an abundance of Moomins? Elise Taylor, Vogue, "This Is 2019’s Happiest Country in the World," 25 Mar. 2019 Out of an abundance of caution, additional testing is underway. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "UPDATE: FDA Claims Three Claire's Products Have Tested Positive for Asbestos," 6 Mar. 2019 Here’s a video from Sykes: Planes do sometimes get quarantined out of an abundance of caution because of medical scares. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Emirates flight from Dubai to JFK: what we know about the sick passengers," 6 Sep. 2018 The National Park Service decided to evacuate more than 4,000 visitors from Liberty Island on Wednesday out of an abundance of caution, spokesman Jerry Willis said. Washington Post, "Statue of Liberty climber unrepentant; Trump calls her clown," 7 July 2018 The powder was first discovered near the library’s first-floor computers and, out of an abundance of caution, officials evacuated the building, according to Simone McFarland, a city spokeswoman. Andy Nguyen, latimes.com, "Burbank library evacuated after officials discover white-powder-like substance," 3 July 2018 Strange and beautiful, the book works thanks to the enigmatic power of Nahid Kazemi’s illustrations, which have an abundance of tiny details rendered with such colorful delicacy that the overall sense from page to page is of ethereal softness. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: The Travails and Triumphs of Derring-Do," 22 Feb. 2019 Netflix has an abundance of Christmas classics and festive romantic comedies to get you in the holiday spirit this December. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "13 Christmas Movies You Can Watch on Netflix Right Now," 30 Nov. 2018 The 23-year-old has an abundance of talent and has a great leap emphasised in attack and defence. SI.com, "Why Tottenham Should Move to Sign Colombia Defender Yerry Mina From Barcelona," 12 July 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 How to pronounce abundance (audio) \

Kids Definition of abundance

: a large quantity : plenty

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