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 The science on sleep is plentiful, but here are some highlights that are constantly floating through my mind, especially in light of the new coronavirus pandemic, as many of us are extra focused on our health and wellbeing. Shauna Harrison, SELF, "How to Know If Your Body Needs Sleep or a Workout," 31 Mar. 2020 Last year at this time, speculation was plentiful that Kirkpatrick would be let go by the Bengals, a casualty of a $9.15 million salary on a team not expected to do anything good. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Who’s facing free-agency fallout in the NFL?," 28 Mar. 2020 An imperfect insult In the novel, Emma’s failings are plentiful. The Conversation, "Perfection comes at a price in latest adaptation of Austen’s ‘Emma’," 27 Mar. 2020 Although the moving series is more a dramedy than a laugh-out-loud sitcom, its moments of joy and levity are plentiful. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus: 100 TV shows that will keep you streaming for weeks of social distancing," 26 Mar. 2020 There are no longer games, meaning ticket refunds could be plentiful. Eric Branch,, "Ticket-refund policies for Warriors, Giants and A’s," 19 Mar. 2020 Never mind that Australia's toilet paper supply is plentiful, that the Singaporean has no links to the virus and that not a single passenger on the Princess cruise ship that docked in Reunion was infected. Angela Dewan, CNN, "This pandemic risks bringing out the worst in humanity. We must fight it together," 15 Mar. 2020 Coach June Jones has installed an offensive system in which points are plentiful. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "XFL Week 5 power rankings: Quarterback change fuels Guardians' winning streak," 10 Mar. 2020 Moose are always a potential hazard for dog mushers, but this year, reports of them have been plentiful. Aubrey Wieber, Anchorage Daily News, "With heavy snow, moose are top of mind for Iditarod mushers," 6 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of plentiful

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Plentiful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Apr. 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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