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

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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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But even in the Harry S. Truman era, the San Francisco NIMBYs were loud and plentiful. Peter Hartlaub,, "SF almost had a Sutro Drive-In in 1950, and more local outdoor movie history," 13 July 2018 Many people from Heilongjiang are already growing soybeans across the Amur River in the Russian Far East, where land is cheap and plentiful. Raymond Zhong,, "China’s taste for soybeans is a weak spot in trade war with Trump," 9 July 2018 Many people from Heilongjiang are already growing soybeans across the Amur River in the Russian Far East, where land is cheap and plentiful. Raymond Zhong, New York Times, "China’s Taste for Soybeans Is a Weak Spot in the Trade War With Trump," 9 July 2018 The dispensaries — 364 — are plentiful and some are instantly recognizable with green neon lights, green crosses and ubiquitous marijuana leaves. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "What Michigan needs to learn from Colorado's legalized marijuana," 12 July 2018 While consuming armadillo meat may strike some as odd, the practice is relatively common in places where armadillos are plentiful and other sources of protein are scarce. National Geographic, "Humans Gave Leprosy to Armadillos. Now, They’re Giving It Back," 28 June 2018 Jaime Velasquez, associate director for employer relations at UIC Career Services, said now is not the time to settle for a subpar job, as opportunities are plentiful and new grads should strike while the iron is hot. Alexia Elejalde-ruiz, The Seattle Times, "Settling for a survival job right out of college can hurt your career for years," 22 June 2018 Unlike major urban areas like Tokyo or Kyoto, where public transit is plentiful and efficient, there are few options for getting around the countryside. Motoko Rich,, "Japan moves to ease aging drivers out of their cars," 12 May 2018 However, in industrialized nations, with a plentiful and diverse food supply, as well as food fortification, mineral malabsorption from phytates is much less of a problem. Katherine Pett, SELF, "Why Are People Suddenly Saying That Whole Grains Are Bad for Your Gut?," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of plentiful

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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