plen·​i·​tude | \ˈple-nə-ˌtüd, -ˌtyüd\

Definition of plenitude 

1 : the quality or state of being full : completeness

2 : a great sufficiency : abundance

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Plenitude was first recorded in English during the 15th century and ultimately comes to us from "plenus," the Latin word for "full." "Plenus" has also given us "plenty," which in turn influenced a variation on "plenitude": "plentitude." Some usage commentators have objected to "plentitude," but it has been in use since the early 1600s and has appeared in the works of such writers as Henry James and Sir Walter Scott. Both words are used in the same sorts of contexts, but "plentitude" is not used as frequently as "plenitude."

Examples of plenitude in a Sentence

She has gathered a plenitude of information on the topic. there's a plenitude of natural beauty in the state

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To walk around this botanical marvel, watching the mangoes change in shape and size on the branches every few yards, was to experience creation in all its mystery and plenitude. Chandrahas Choudhury, WSJ, "On the Great Indian Mango Trail," 6 July 2018 The governor’s residence in Hartford itself has nine bathrooms, one more than Lamont, who was recently derided by Democratic rival Joe Ganim for his plenitude of bathrooms. Neil Vigdor,, "A New Measure Of Wealth In The Governor's Race: Number Of Bathrooms At Home," 6 June 2018 There’s obviously a very religious origin to the principle of plenitude. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "Why Earthlings Are So Obsessed With Mars," 1 May 2018 In easier parts of the world, such plenitude would bring with it an equal concentration of tourists. Sophy Roberts, Condé Nast Traveler, "Exploring Kamchatka, Russia's Adventure Playground," 22 Mar. 2018 In addition to the seriousness and plenitude of the allegations against Mr. Weinstein, the board concentrated on workplace abuse. Brooks Barnes, New York Times, "Harvey Weinstein Ousted From Motion Picture Academy," 14 Oct. 2017 There, safari was through open grasslands that delivered a plenitude of clear sightings. Lini S. Kadaba,, "On Indian safari, seeking a tiger for the tale," 6 Oct. 2017 Those who have no shame achieve a plenitude of shame. Conrad Black, National Review, "As the Mockery Dwindles," 6 Sep. 2017 As author of the historical era in which Spain acquires the means to carry out its destiny and with that the goals of the Movement, the Jefe, in the plenitude of his powers, assumes the most absolute authority. Jesús Palacios, Slate Magazine, "How Franco tailored fascism to his country by stealing from every major political movement.," 9 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of plenitude

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for plenitude

Middle English plenitude, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin plenitudo, from plenus

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English Language Learners Definition of plenitude

: a large number or amount of something

: the state of being full or complete

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