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[oh-ver-uh-buhn-duh ns] /ˈoʊ vər əˈbʌn dəns/
an excessive amount or abundance; surfeit:
an overabundance of sugar in the diet.
Origin of overabundance
1350-1400; Middle English; see over-, abundance
Related forms
overabundant, adjective
overabundantly, adverb
excess, surplus, plethora, glut, profusion. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for over-abundant
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  • It was not a lively party that settled down in the evening glow for a hastily cooked and not over-abundant supper.

    The Boy Scouts On The Range Lieut. Howard Payson
  • We had now an over-abundant supply of meat; the difficulty was to carry it.

    Twice Lost W.H.G. Kingston
  • The over-abundant waters had not merely to be arrested, they had to be confined and led off into prepared channels.

  • The morning is beautifully fine, and the not over-abundant vegetation of the hills exhales an agreeable summer perfume.

  • We eat and drink in a very plain sort of over-abundant and greasy fashion.

  • We were afraid that they would have suffered from the over-abundant rain, but we found our rose-bushes full of green buds.

    Letters of a Javanese Princess Raden Adjeng Kartini
  • She came to see me because her love for you is over-abundant.

  • And yet the large storehouses of the new world were breaking down under the weight of an over-abundant supply of wheat.

    The Critical Game John Albert Macy
  • The food is plain, and perhaps not over-abundant, but they are satisfied with it.

    Girls of the Forest L. T. Meade
  • To those of us who are cursed with an over-abundant measure of self-consciousness, nothing is harder than simple naturalness.

British Dictionary definitions for over-abundant


a supply or amount that is greater than required: an overabundance of milk
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Word Origin and History for over-abundant

c.1400, from over- + abundant.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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