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[kuh-pey-shuh s] /kəˈpeɪ ʃəs/
capable of holding much; spacious or roomy:
a capacious storage bin.
Origin of capacious
1605-15; capaci(ty) + -ous
Related forms
capaciously, adverb
capaciousness, noun
uncapacious, adjective
uncapaciously, adverb
uncapaciousness, noun
ample, large.
confining. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Still downward with capacious whirl they glide, And now I see them on a green-hill's side In breezy rest among the nodding stalks.

    Poems 1817 John Keats
  • It had been engulfed and disappeared in the Goodwins' capacious maw.

    Heroes of the Goodwin Sands Thomas Stanley Treanor
  • Then he bestowed them in the capacious pockets of his fur pea-jacket.

    The Man in the Twilight Ridgwell Cullum
  • I hasten to reply with all the ardour of which I am capacious.

    Rita Laura E. Richards
  • The sacred and capacious vessel built by Noah for preservation against the flood.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • You can look at Mabel, and see all that is passing in my capacious bosom.

    A Pessimist Robert Timsol
  • There was a very handsome cut glass water-jug, full, standing on the table in a capacious salver of hammered brass.

    The Log of the Flying Fish Harry Collingwood
British Dictionary definitions for capacious


capable of holding much; roomy; spacious
Derived Forms
capaciously, adverb
capaciousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin capāx, from Latin capere to take
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Word Origin and History for capacious

1610s, "able to contain," from Latin capax (genitive capacis) "able to take in," from capere "to take" (see capable) + -ous. Meaning "able to hold much" is from 1630s. Related: Capaciously; capaciousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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