copious

adjective
co·​pi·​ous | \ ˈkō-pē-əs How to pronounce copious (audio) \

Definition of copious

1a : yielding something abundantly a copious harvest copious springs
b : plentiful in number copious references to other writers
2a : full of thought, information, or matter … Shakespeare, whose soul was so copious— Gilbert Highet
b : profuse or exuberant in words, expression, or style a copious talker
3 : present in large quantity : taking place on a large scale copious weeping copious food and drink

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copiously adverb
copiousness noun

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plentiful, ample, abundant, copious mean more than sufficient without being excessive. plentiful implies a great or rich supply. peaches are plentiful this summer ample implies a generous sufficiency to satisfy a particular requirement. ample food to last the winter abundant suggests an even greater or richer supply than does plentiful. streams abundant with fish copious stresses largeness of supply rather than fullness or richness. copious examples of bureaucratic waste

What's the Difference Between copious, ample, and plentiful?

Copious derives from Latin copia ("abundance"), which in turn combines the prefix co- and ops ("wealth" or "power"). "Copious" and "opulent" (also from "ops"), along with "ample," "plentiful," and "abundant," all mean "more than sufficient." "Ample" implies a generous sufficiency to satisfy a particular requirement ("ample proof"). "Copious" puts emphasis upon largeness of supply more than on fullness or richness ("copious toasts to the bride and groom"). "Plentiful" implies a rich, and usually more than sufficient, supply ("a plentiful supply of textbooks"). "Abundant" suggests a greater or richer supply than "plentiful" does ("moved by the abundant offers to help"). But use "opulent" when the supply is both abundant and infused with a richness that allows an extra measure of gratification ("the opulent blossoms of the cherry trees").

Examples of copious in a Sentence

It was no surprise that spin was more copious than ever during the election campaign. — Michael Kinsley, Time, 25 Dec. 2000–1 Jan. 2001 These pockets of melted rock are rich in silica and release copious amounts of volatile gases that are held under high pressures. — Sandra Blakeslee, New York Times, 7 Apr. 1998 … travelers grew accustomed to having copious helpings of meat when they visited Quimper's inn. — James A. Michener, Texas, 1985 The Constants—ignorant, vulgar, and brash—had copious quantities of dumb luck. — Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., The Sirens Of Titan, 1959 The storm produced a copious amount of rain. She sat in the front row and took copious notes during the lecture.
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Recent Examples on the Web Through a series of flights and motorcades, the deputy secretary and her team, fueled by copious amounts of coffee, visited plants and bases around Michigan, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. Nicole Goodkind, Fortune, 12 Nov. 2021 Regulators that want to try and ensure that a particular model of a self-driving car is suitable for public roadway use might require that the automaker or self-driving tech firm provide copious amounts of DCD that could be reviewed. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2021 The burning stubble generates copious amounts of smoke across the states of Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and the Indian capital of New Delhi. Swati Gupta, CNN, 9 Nov. 2021 And that’s not even in reference to the blood and gore, of which there are copious amounts. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, 29 Oct. 2021 And that’s not even in reference to the blood and gore, of which there are copious amounts. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 27 Oct. 2021 Credentials are merely the way in which employers are best able to verify an applicant’s specialized knowledge without having to spend copious amounts of time screening and testing. WSJ, 26 Oct. 2021 The $2 Bud Lights were consumed in copious amounts and with passion. Ivan Carter, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Oct. 2021 With characteristic stoicism, the author forged onward, hobbling through injury and copious red tape toward Nikolaevsk-na-Amure, the rough Russian outpost where the Amur River pours into the Sea of Okhotsk. Washington Post, 4 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of copious

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for copious

Middle English, from Latin copiosus, from copia abundance, from co- + ops wealth — more at opulent

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“Copious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/copious. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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copious

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of copious

: very large in amount or number

copious

adjective
co·​pi·​ous | \ ˈkō-pē-əs How to pronounce copious (audio) \

Kids Definition of copious

: very plentiful : abundant She takes copious notes in class.

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