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bounteous

[boun-tee-uh s] /ˈbaʊn ti əs/
adjective
1.
giving or disposed to give freely; generous; liberal.
2.
freely bestowed; plentiful; abundant.
Origin of bounteous
late Middle English
1325-1375
1325-75; late Middle English (bounte bounty + -ous); replacing Middle English bountevous < Middle French bontive (bonte bounty + -ive, feminine of -if -ive) + -ous
Related forms
bounteously, adverb
bounteousness, noun
overbounteous, adjective
overbounteously, adverb
overbounteousness, noun
unbounteous, adjective
unbounteously, adverb
unbounteousness, noun
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bounteous

/ˈbaʊntɪəs/
adjective (literary)
1.
giving freely; generous: the bounteous goodness of God
2.
plentiful; abundant
Derived Forms
bounteously, adverb
bounteousness, noun
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adj.

late 14c., from bounty + -ous; originally "full of goodness," but always shading toward "generous in bestowing," a sense which logically might have been left to bountiful. Related: Bounteously; bounteousness.

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