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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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  • The critics preserved their ferocious and frozen demeanor common to first-nights and less common where cocktails were plentiful.

    Black Oxen Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  • All the fruits of the tropics were included, though bananas were the most plentiful.

    Four Young Explorers Oliver Optic
  • Magpies are plentiful and are seen in flocks of twenty at a time, in numbers that preclude any superstition attaching to them.

    The Cradle of Mankind W.A. Wigram
  • Young girls were not plentiful in that neighborhood, I knew.

    Capitola's Peril Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth
  • News had not been too plentiful, and the editor had given full scope to the reporter's imagination.

British Dictionary definitions for plentiful


ample; abundant
having or yielding an abundance: a plentiful year
Derived Forms
plentifully, adverb
plentifulness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for plentiful

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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