plen·​ti·​ful | \ ˈplen-ti-fəl How to pronounce plentiful (audio) \

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 How to pronounce plentifully (audio) \ 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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Further Reading Sony confirms the PlayStation 5 is coming in 2020, reveals new hardware details Deals for the one major console that won't be replaced in the next 12 months, the Nintendo Switch, aren't as plentiful. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Dealmaster: The best Black Friday gaming deals for PS4, Switch, and Xbox," 29 Nov. 2019 Rather than wander into the names and stereotypical profiles of each generation — information that is plentiful on the internet — consider this: the lack of research on the subject is astounding. Sue Mcmillin, The Denver Post, "McMillin: This boomer wishes every generation a happy Thanksgiving," 24 Nov. 2019 Money isn’t as plentiful for an industry that in the past decade burned through nearly $200 billion. Los Angeles Times, "Has the U.S. hit peak shale oil? Output has gone from explosive to sluggish," 15 Oct. 2019 Passing volume should once again be plentiful for Brissett in Week 5. Kevin Hanson,, "Fantasy Football: Week 5 QB Rankings," 3 Oct. 2019 Legal counsel could be more difficult to obtain in other states where immigration attorneys are not as plentiful. Gary E Mead, Orange County Register, "Ending private prisons in California will harm prisoners and detained immigrants," 23 Sep. 2019 Reminders of the lessons of history are plentiful for those willing to learn. The Economist, "Historical memorials are not enough to stop anti-Semitism in Europe," 22 Aug. 2019 For employers, why run even a slight risk of litigation with a new hire’s former employer when job seekers are plentiful? Employers’ arguments for imposing non-competes on certain workers should be treated with skepticism. Amanda Jaret And Sandeep Vaheesan, Time, "Non-Compete Clauses Are Suffocating American Workers," 19 Dec. 2019 Banks can draw on cheap and plentiful deposits, whereas platforms had to compete for savings held by retail investors. The Economist, "Created to democratise credit, P2P lenders are going after big money," 5 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of plentiful

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Plentiful.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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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 How to pronounce plentiful (audio) \

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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