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[uh-buhn-duh nt] /əˈbʌn dənt/
present in great quantity; more than adequate; oversufficient:
an abundant supply of water.
well supplied with something; abounding:
a river abundant in salmon.
richly supplied, as with resources:
an abundant land.
Origin of abundant
1325-75; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin abundant- (stem of abundāns) overflowing. See abound, -ant
Related forms
abundantly, adverb
preabundant, adjective
preabundantly, adverb
1. copious, profuse, overflowing. See plentiful. 2, 3. teeming, rich.
1, 2, 3. sparse, scarce. Unabridged
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  • Below 11508/7 it becomes less abundant ( < 2% of the Pumice is not abundant except in 11509/7 (cf.
  • New York, abundant in amenities from theater to nail salons, is famous for its paucity of public toilets.
  • Since maples have abundant surface roots, they do well in relatively shallow and broad containers.
  • Each contributed a favorite dish to the fresh, abundant feast.
  • Documentation for this tale is abundant.
  • When abundant, the price of lobsters can fall as low $3.25 a pound.
  • Wide open spaces, abundant natural areas, peace and quiet have their appeal.
  • Until there are abundant jobs out there for everyone, my plan is to continue making lemonade with whatever I can get.
  • Fish such as Arctic cod, flatfish, and smelt are abundant here.
  • Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe.
British Dictionary definitions for abundant


existing in plentiful supply
(postpositive) foll by in. having a plentiful supply (of)
(of a chemical element or mineral) occurring to an extent specified in relation to other elements or minerals in the earth's crust or some other specified environment
(of an isotope) occurring to an extent specified in relation to other isotopes in a mixture of isotopes
Word Origin
C14: from Latin abundant-, present participle of abundāre to abound
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Word Origin and History for abundant

late 14c., from Old French abundant and directly from Latin abundantem (nominative abundans) "overflowing," present participle of abundare "to overflow" (see abound). Related: Abundantly.

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