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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
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  • These four words convey the seriousness of problems caused by an overabundance of snow geese.
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  • overabundance leads to stunted individuals since there are too many fish for the available food supply.
  • Sometimes beneficial plants can grow in overabundance.
British Dictionary definitions for overabundance


a supply or amount that is greater than required: an overabundance of milk
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