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[plen-ti-fuh l] /ˈplɛn tɪ fəl/
existing in great plenty:
Coal was plentiful, and therefore cheap, in that region.
yielding abundantly:
a plentiful source of inspiration.
Origin of plentiful
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English; see plenty, -ful
Related forms
plentifully, adverb
plentifulness, noun
overplentiful, adjective
overplentifully, adverb
overplentifulness, noun
quasi-plentiful, adjective
quasi-plentifully, adverb
unplentiful, adjective
unplentifully, adverb
Can be confused
planetary, plenary, plentiful, plenitude.
1. Plentiful, ample, abundant, bountiful describe a more than adequate supply of something. Plentiful suggests an over-adequate quantity: a plentiful supply. Ample suggests a more than adequate quality as well: to give ample praise. Abundant implies a greater degree of plenty, and bountiful a still more ample quality as well: an abundant, even a bountiful, harvest. 2. fruitful, bounteous, productive; luxuriant.
1. sparse, scanty. 2. barren, fruitless, sterile. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for plentiful
  • Some professors want to go where research collaborations are more plentiful.
  • If no grandparents are available, nannies are plentiful and affordable.
  • Peace and plentiful land attract refugees from troubled neighboring countries.
  • These little butterflies are plentiful and tiny-some are no larger than my thumb-and share similar markings across species.
  • The pea-size berries, which are plentiful once the plant has been in the ground about three years, attract birds too.
  • Because it's so plentiful in nature, it's virtually inexhaustible.
  • True, serious lobster lovers can purchase them all year, but now the weather is warm and the lobsters are plentiful.
  • The second dish takes a little more time to prepare, but uses fresh vegetables that are in season and plentiful.
  • The fact is that green jobs are probably good jobs, but they're not unusually plentiful.
  • These fairly plentiful animals are hunted as a food resource and for their fur, which is used to make clothing.
British Dictionary definitions for plentiful


ample; abundant
having or yielding an abundance: a plentiful year
Derived Forms
plentifully, adverb
plentifulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for plentiful

late 15c., from plenty + -ful. Related: Plentifully.

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