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

Other Words from plentiful

plentifully \ ˈplen-​ti-​fə-​lē How to pronounce plentiful (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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Even so, the population in Western Maryland literally decreased over the last ten years as young people are moving away for other locations where jobs are plentiful. Baltimore Sun, 18 May 2022 But the pressure is felt most directly by shoppers doing their weekly runs to grocery stores, where some items that used to be plentiful have been missing for months and where prices for produce, meat and eggs remain stubbornly high. New York Times, 15 May 2022 In theaters and streaming, new cinematic offerings are plentiful every weekend for the foreseeable future. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 10 May 2022 And the options are plentiful, since FLX counts over 200 waterfalls. Jessica Ritz, Travel + Leisure, 6 May 2022 Labor force activity had been gaining ground in previous months, as workers seemed to be drawn back to a market where jobs were plentiful and wages were rising. Harry Holzer, Forbes, 6 May 2022 From the war in Ukraine and rising interest rates to sky-high inflation and falling economic growth, warning signs of a potential economic downturn are plentiful—to say the least—and both Wall Street and main street have taken note. Will Daniel, Fortune, 30 Apr. 2022 But that caveat about plentiful childcare options in the study carries a cautionary tale: In neighborhoods where childcare was scarce, enrollment in low-quality programs held steady. Kendra Hurley, The New Republic, 19 Oct. 2021 Your go-to coffee shop in town is Kollective Coffee+Tea, where the specialty drink selection is eclipsed only by the large menu of organic breakfasts, brunches and sandwiches highlighting local ingredients and providing plentiful vegan options. Brandon Schultz, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of plentiful

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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