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[noo-mer-uh s, nyoo-] /ˈnu mər əs, ˈnyu-/
very many; being or existing in great quantity:
numerous visits; numerous fish.
consisting of or comprising a great number of units or individuals:
Recent audiences have been more numerous.
Origin of numerous
1580-90; < Latin numerōsus consisting of a great number, numerous, equivalent to nume-r(us) number + -ōsus -ous
Related forms
numerously, adverb
numerousness, numerosity
[noo-muh-ros-i-tee, nyoo-] /ˌnu məˈrɒs ɪ ti, ˌnyu-/ (Show IPA),
overnumerous, adjective
overnumerously, adverb
overnumerousness, noun
supernumerous, adjective
supernumerously, adverb
supernumerousness, noun
unnumerous, adjective
unnumerously, adverb
unnumerousness, noun
1. See many. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for numerous
  • The city features major retailers, numerous restaurants and internationally recognized wineries.
  • During the past decade, numerous discoveries have been made that have confirmed the hypothesis that birds evolved from dinosaurs.
  • There are numerous decking materials that accommodate a wide variety of lifestyles and budgets.
  • Progress is the result of numerous small increments with the occasional breakthrough.
  • The metropolitan area is cosmopolitan and offers numerous cultural and recreational opportunities.
  • numerous brands of wind turbines as well as kits and plans for home-built turbines are available for residential use.
  • numerous studies have linked heart disease and air pollution, particularly smog.
  • If one species has a larger population than the other, the less numerous species will sort of blend into the larger species.
  • Painless e-mail setup works well with numerous hosts.
  • numerous other bloggers then took up the theme as well.
British Dictionary definitions for numerous


being many
consisting of many units or parts: a numerous collection
Derived Forms
numerously, adverb
numerousness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for numerous

early 15c., from Latin numerosus "numerous," from numerus "a number" (see number (n.)). Related: Numerosity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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