1400–50; late Middle English
< Latin amplus
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.