overabundance

noun over·abun·dance \ ˌō-vər-ə-ˈbən-dən(t)s \

Definition of overabundance

plural overabundances
: a large surplus : excess
  • an overabundance of options
  • Between the women's movement and the first large wave of baby boomers, the career track was suddenly clogged with an overabundance of qualified people.
  • —Phillip Moffitt

overabundant

play \ˌō-vər-ə-ˈbən-dənt\ adjective
    • Overabundant use of livestock and chicken feed laced with antibiotics is a primary force behind the evolution of drug-resistant strains that then find their way into people.
    • —Wayne Biddle
    • Overabundant elk ate trees down to their nubs, leaving beavers with no lumber for their dams, which, in turn, changed the flow of rivers.
    • —Sara Reardon

overabundantly

adverb
    • The meals … were mainly taken at the hotel and were included in the trip package. We were fed overabundantly three times a day.
    • —R. V. Denenberg
    • … Victor Hugo's 1831 novel, an overabundantly plotted melodrama set in 15th-century Paris.
    • —Tom Gliatto

First Known Use of overabundance

14th century

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