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affluent

[af-loo-uh nt or, often, uh-floo-] /ˈæf lu ənt or, often, əˈflu-/
adjective
1.
having an abundance of wealth, property, or other material goods; prosperous; rich:
an affluent person.
2.
abounding in anything; abundant.
3.
flowing freely:
an affluent fountain.
noun
4.
a tributary stream.
5.
an affluent person:
a luxurious resort appealing to young affluents.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Middle French < Latin affluent- (stem of affluēns rich; orig. present participle of affluere), equivalent to af- af- + flu- flow + -ent -ent
Related forms
affluently, adverb
nonaffluent, adjective
subaffluent, adjective
subaffluently, adverb
superaffluent, adjective
superaffluently, adverb
unaffluent, adjective
Synonyms
1. See rich. 2. teeming.
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Examples for affluent
  • Targeted monthly adjacencies allow advertisers to reach affluent, active readers in a complimentary editorial environment.
  • But a paradox emerges that requires explanation: affluent countries have not got much happier as they have grown richer.
  • Her milieu is affluent and so mannerly it's boring to read about.
  • The techno-gap between the affluent and the poor does nothing but widen.
  • Increasingly, only the affluent can afford four-year degrees.
  • We're all affluent in terms of seeing our potential.
  • The most affluent parents spend the least time helping their kids with homework.
  • For a newly affluent man of advanced years it was an understandable fascination.
  • The trick is to seek out intellectually curious, less affluent students.
  • This is in an established neighborhood in a relatively affluent suburb.
British Dictionary definitions for affluent

affluent

/ˈæflʊənt/
adjective
1.
rich; wealthy
2.
abundant; copious
3.
flowing freely
noun
4.
(archaic) a tributary stream
Word Origin
C15: from Latin affluent-, present participle of affluere to flow towards, from fluere to flow
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Word Origin and History for affluent
adj.

mid-15c., "flowing," from Middle French affluent (14c.) or directly from Latin affluentem (nominative affluens) "flowing toward, abounding, rich, copious," present participle of affluere "flow toward," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + fluere "to flow" (see fluent).

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