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ample

[am-puh l] /ˈæm pəl/
adjective, ampler, amplest.
1.
fully sufficient or more than adequate for the purpose or needs; plentiful; enough:
an ample supply of water; ample time to finish.
2.
of sufficient or abundant measure; liberal; copious:
an ample reward.
3.
of adequate or more than adequate extent, size, or amount; large; spacious; roomy:
ample storage space.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Anglo-French < Latin amplus wide, large
Related forms
ampleness, noun
Synonyms
1. See plentiful. 2. generous, free, abounding, lavish, plenteous, overflowing. Ample, liberal, copious, profuse describe degrees of abundant provision. Ample implies a plentiful provision: to give ample praise. Liberal implies provision from a generous supply (more than ample but less than copious ): Liberal amounts of food were distributed to the needy. Copious implies an apparently inexhaustible and lavish abundance: a copious flow of tears. Profuse implies a still more unrestrained abundance of provision or flow: profuse in his apologies. 3. extensive, vast, great, capacious.
Antonyms
2. scanty, meager.
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British Dictionary definitions for ampleness

ample

/ˈæmpəl/
adjective
1.
more than sufficient; abundant an ample helping
2.
large in size, extent, or amount of ample proportions
Derived Forms
ampleness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French, from Latin amplus spacious
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Word Origin and History for ampleness

ample

adj.

mid-15c., from Middle French ample, from Latin amplus "large, spacious," related to ampla "handle, grip."

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