- 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
1400–50; late Middle English < Anglo-French < Latin amplus wide, large
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2. generous, free, abounding, lavish, plenteous, overflowing. 3. extensive, vast, great, capacious.
1. See plentiful. 2. Ample, liberal, copious, profuse describe degrees of abundant provision. Ample implies a plentiful provision: to give ample praise. Liberal implies provision from a generous supply (more than ample but less than copious ): Liberal amounts of food were distributed to the needy. Copious implies an apparently inexhaustible and lavish abundance: a copious flow of tears. Profuse implies a still more unrestrained abundance of provision or flow: profuse in his apologies.
2. scanty, meager.
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Examples from the Web for ampleness
The parterre, extending before the main building, is of an ampleness scarcely conceivable until once viewed.Royal Palaces and Parks of France
Milburg Francisco Mansfield
Then comes the new property of the University of Pittsburgh, which is built with ampleness of design.
There was much of the ampleness of Mirabeau, but no heaviness; there was so much soul that this carried that lightly.Balzac
- more than sufficient; abundantan ample helping
- large in size, extent, or amountof ample proportions
C15: from Old French, from Latin amplus spacious
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Word Origin and History for ampleness
mid-15c., from Middle French ample, from Latin amplus "large, spacious," related to ampla "handle, grip."
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