over·​abun·​dance ˌō-vər-ə-ˈbən-dən(t)s How to pronounce overabundance (audio)
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 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

Examples of overabundance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His Bernstein is like a combination of Mozart and golden retriever, driven by a sloppy, almost slobbering overabundance of creative energy and love — for music, for men, for everything. Tom Gliatto, Peoplemag, 23 Nov. 2023 Wyoming’s overabundance of elk on private land has long been a topic of discussion among wildlife managers. Dac Collins, Outdoor Life, 1 Nov. 2023 What seems to really be ailing the MCU right now is an overabundance of content that started when Disney decided to get into the streaming game with Disney Plus. David Betancourt, Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2023 This is the home of Vice City (i.e., Miami), an overabundance of neon lights, car-rattling music, Florida Man, and, judging by the trailer, some of the biggest, baddest gators to have ever graced a video game. Vulture, 5 Dec. 2023 Manufacturing will need to transform to meet the demands of a world defined by gaping inequality, scarce resources, and an overabundance of waste. Gear Team, WIRED, 4 Dec. 2023 Give that there is no ethical method to mine for cobalt in the DRC and because the country is the majority producer of cobalt, this industry has caused an overabundance of human rights issues for the Congolese. Rayna Reid Rayford, Essence, 11 Dec. 2023 An overabundance can be quite a horticultural cross to bear this time of year. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 4 Aug. 2023 An overabundance of breast milk can also create a situation where the baby fills up on foremilk. Anita K. Henry, Parents, 29 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of overabundance was in the 14th century

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“Overabundance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overabundance. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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