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[uh-buhn-duh nt] /əˈbʌn dənt/
present in great quantity; more than adequate; oversufficient:
an abundant supply of water.
well supplied with something; abounding:
a river abundant in salmon.
richly supplied, as with resources:
an abundant land.
Origin of abundant
1325-75; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin abundant- (stem of abundāns) overflowing. See abound, -ant
Related forms
abundantly, adverb
preabundant, adjective
preabundantly, adverb
1. copious, profuse, overflowing. See plentiful. 2, 3. teeming, rich.
1–3. sparse, scarce. Unabridged
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  • The ablutionary fluid is most difficult to be had in places where water is abundant.

  • Then she recovered somewhat, and sobbed gently in an abundant fall of tears.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • Refreshed by abundant sleep and good food he was in the highest of spirits.

    The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler
  • About sundown he took in his decoy Hen, as Owls were abundant, and went back to his camp.

    Johnny Bear E. T. Seton
  • What she perceived was that she needed all her love and care, and these she offered in abundant measure.

    The Hunted Outlaw Anonymous
British Dictionary definitions for abundant


existing in plentiful supply
(postpositive) foll by in. having a plentiful supply (of)
(of a chemical element or mineral) occurring to an extent specified in relation to other elements or minerals in the earth's crust or some other specified environment
(of an isotope) occurring to an extent specified in relation to other isotopes in a mixture of isotopes
Word Origin
C14: from Latin abundant-, present participle of abundāre to abound
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Word Origin and History for abundant

late 14c., from Old French abundant and directly from Latin abundantem (nominative abundans) "overflowing," present participle of abundare "to overflow" (see abound). Related: Abundantly.

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