1425–75; late Middle English;
plentifully, adverbplentifulness, nounoverplentiful, adjectiveoverplentifully, adverboverplentifulness, nounquasi-plentiful, adjectivequasi-plentifully, adverbunplentiful, adjectiveunplentifully, adverb
Can be confused
, 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.
sparse, scanty. 2.
barren, fruitless, sterile.