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 with plentiful access to flavor and seafood, the provincial style developed as one of the most prominent of the eight major Chinese cuisines. Casey Quackenbush / Hong Kong, Time, "'We're Not Educated.' The Untold Story of Lung King Heen, the World's First Michelin Three-Star Chinese Restaurant," 12 July 2018 In wet years, crayfish tend to be less plentiful because after baby crayfish emerge from their burrows, they get gobbled up by fish, Cook said. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Record rain led to bonanza year for Florida’s wading birds. Just not in the right places | Miami Herald," 29 Mar. 2018 There’s plentiful parking, no lines, and few delays, save for the afternoons further along in the summer, when daily thunderstorms become the norm. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "What Palm Beach Is Like Now That Donald Trump Is Gone," 10 May 2017 These visions have collided before, amid plentiful sound and fury. Fred Niedner, Post-Tribune, "Niedner: Recommitting to our founding values crucial to future," 6 July 2018 Stockpiles of natural gas—made plentiful by the U.S. shale boom—have become depleted after an extended winter this year increased demand for heating homes. Stephanie Yang, WSJ, "What a Summer Scorcher Means for Natural-Gas Prices," 26 June 2018 The pop landscape that has emerged may bewilder Bono, but space has opened up for male fury in more malleable forms than ever—and such fury seems to be, for better and for worse, in plentiful supply. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "What Linkin Park Gave to Pop Music," 25 June 2018 The Democratic party and liberals are plentiful on the coasts, but light on the ground in swathes of the country that hold the majority of electoral votes and congressional seats. Nicholas Riccardi, Fox News, "Resistance makes subtle impact even where Trump is popular," 26 May 2018 Destinations popular for affluent retirees were plentiful on this list, which was led by Atherton, California, with an average of $170,611 in passive income. Shelly Hagan,, "America’s 100 Richest Places," 5 Mar. 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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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