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[plen-i-tood, -tyood] /ˈplɛn ɪˌtud, -ˌtyud/
fullness or adequacy in quantity, measure, or degree; abundance:
a plenitude of food, air, and sunlight.
state of being full or complete.
Origin of plenitude
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin plēnitūdō. See plenum, -i-, tude
Related forms
overplenitude, noun
Can be confused
planetary, plenary, plentiful, plenitude.
1. profusion, quantity. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for plenitude
  • Of the plenitude of its stimulus, there can be no question.
  • Moment of green shoots and budding flowers, promising peace and plenitude.
  • At times this plenitude of figurative language can become the book's undoing.
  • There is a kind of leisureliness, a plenitude of incident and conversation.
  • The characters it engenders are dazed by what may be called the principle of plenitude.
  • Her expression of happiness belongs to her perfection, to the plenitude of her being.
  • What he liked about these books was their sense of plenitude and economy.
  • The school of menhaden survives and swims on, its losses dwarfed in plenitude.
British Dictionary definitions for plenitude


abundance; copiousness
the condition of being full or complete
Word Origin
C15: via Old French from Latin plēnitūdō, from plēnus full
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Word Origin and History for plenitude

early 15c., from Old French plenitude and directly from Latin plenitudinem (nominative plenitudo) "abundance, completeness, fullness," from plenus "complete, full" (see plenary).

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