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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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  • The suppers in fact generally held an overabundance of food.

    Frying Pan Farm Elizabeth Brown Pryor
  • Simplicity, and pure line, were lost sight of when overabundance dulled the senses of the world.

    Woman as Decoration Emily Burbank
  • A man like Munro is never blessed with an overabundance of friends.

  • The doctrine of implied powers is expounded with all of his peculiar force and clearness, but with some overabundance of verbiage.

  • Val considered the hall below, which seemed suddenly peopled by an overabundance of oddly shaped shadows.

    Ralestone Luck Andre Norton
  • Very handsome she was, full-fleshed without a trace of plumpness, fun breasted without a hint of overabundance.

    The Unwilling Vestal Edward Lucas White
  • She did not wish Brockton to see the ravages which late hours and overabundance of rich foods were making on her complexion.

    The Easiest Way Eugene Walter and Arthur Hornblow
  • At the same time that she makes adequate provision she should not encourage extravagance by overabundance.

    The Expert Maid-Servant Cristine Terhune Herrick
British Dictionary definitions for overabundance


a supply or amount that is greater than required: an overabundance of milk
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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