plen·​ti·​ful ˈplen-ti-fəl How to pronounce plentiful (audio)
: containing or yielding plenty
a plentiful land
: characterized by, constituting, or existing in plenty
plentifully adverb
plentifulness noun
Choose the Right Synonym for plentiful

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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Word History


Middle English plentiful, plentefull, from plente plenty entry 2 + -ful, -full -ful entry 1

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Plentiful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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plen·​ti·​ful ˈplent-i-fəl How to pronounce plentiful (audio)
: giving or containing plenty
a plentiful land
: present in large numbers or amount
plentiful rain
plentifully adverb

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