- fully sufficient or more than adequate for the purpose or needs; plentiful; enough: an ample supply of water; ample time to finish.
- of sufficient or abundant measure; liberal; copious: an ample reward.
- of adequate or more than adequate extent, size, or amount; large; spacious; roomy: ample storage space.
Origin of ample
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Examples from the Web for ample
For anything to work, including law itself, there must be ample room for individual responsibility.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
Three years later, Washington came armed with ample alcohol—enough for a half gallon for every voter—and won with 331 votes.Founding Fathers Loved Drunk Voters
November 1, 2014
Do you feel they did an ample job of portraying his troubled later years—in particular, the violence towards women?Octavia Spencer on Hollywood and Race: The Film Roles I’m Offered Are Too Small
July 31, 2014
It typically came with a desk in the building, and ample access to lawmakers.Who’s Watching Your Statehouse? No One.
July 19, 2014
There is ample proof that he is a total badass on and off the pitch.Team USA Lost, but Tim Howard Is a Winner
July 1, 2014
He had ample girth of chest at the cinches, where lung capacity is best measured.
If we get him this appointment, it will be ample compensation, anyhow.Viviette
William J. Locke
To the good supper which he brought with him I did ample justice.The Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, Oregon and California
Brevet Col. J.C. Fremont
He could have taken two or three known men, and they would have been ample to do the work.
I slept two or three hours, however, and had ample time for reflection.Biography of a Slave
- more than sufficient; abundantan ample helping
- large in size, extent, or amountof ample proportions
Word Origin and History for ample
mid-15c., from Middle French ample, from Latin amplus "large, spacious," related to ampla "handle, grip."