plen·​ti·​ful | \ˈplen-ti-fəl \

Definition of plentiful 

1 : containing or yielding plenty a plentiful land

2 : characterized by, constituting, or existing in plenty

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Other Words from plentiful

plentifully \ ˈplen-​ti-​fə-​lē \ adverb
plentifulness 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

Examples of plentiful in a Sentence

Gasoline won't always be cheap and plentiful. Space is plentiful enough for several homes. Natural gas is a plentiful resource. These vegetables are a plentiful source of vitamins.
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Since food service jobs tend to be plentiful, that shouldn’t be too difficult. Marie G. Mcintyre, The Seattle Times, "Manager stunned by trusty employee’s complaints," 22 Oct. 2018 Statues that defy comprehensive scale—especially for the time—are plentiful. Daniel Starkey, Ars Technica, "Assassin’s Creed Odyssey," 4 Oct. 2018 Though social media influencers were plentiful, Bashir’s site occupies a unique niche with its vibrant editorials and long-form content featuring relatable subjects. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Meet the Art Insider Turned Blogger Changing the Fashion Conversation in the Middle East," 5 Sep. 2018 Infiniti showed off the Prototype 10 at the Quail, an ancillary show of exotic cars held on a Carmel-by-the-Sea property, where sunshine, champagne, and oysters are plentiful. Tamara Warren, The Verge, "Monterey Car Week is where the past and future of automobiles collide," 29 Aug. 2018 Black drum remain plentiful in the Mosquito Lagoon. Mark Blythe,, "Central Florida fishing forecast: June 28," 28 June 2018 Many of the winter crops that would otherwise be gone remain plentiful, and the spring and summer fruits and vegetables are adding to the options on a weekly basis. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "What’s available now in San Antonio-area farmers markets and what to expect soon," 9 May 2018 Those are most plentiful in the fresher waters of the middle and upper portions of the Chesapeake. Scott Dance,, "After July Fourth crab feasts, an uncertain season for Maryland seafood industry," 6 July 2018 Of the five species of salmon that swim Alaska waters, the pink is by far the most plentiful. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "Pink salmon — too much of a good thing?," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of plentiful

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of plentiful was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of plentiful

: present in large amounts

: containing or giving large amounts of something


plen·​ti·​ful | \ˈplen-ti-fəl \

Kids Definition of plentiful

1 : present in large numbers or amount : abundant plentiful rain

2 : giving or containing a large number or amount Vegetables are a plentiful source of vitamins.

Other Words from plentiful

plentifully \ -​fə-​lē \ adverb

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