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[noo-mer-uh s, nyoo-] /ˈnu mər əs, ˈnyu-/
very many; being or existing in great quantity:
numerous visits; numerous fish.
consisting of or comprising a great number of units or individuals:
Recent audiences have been more numerous.
Origin of numerous
1580-90; < Latin numerōsus consisting of a great number, numerous, equivalent to nume-r(us) number + -ōsus -ous
Related forms
numerously, adverb
numerousness, numerosity
[noo-muh-ros-i-tee, nyoo-] /ˌnu məˈrɒs ɪ ti, ˌnyu-/ (Show IPA),
overnumerous, adjective
overnumerously, adverb
overnumerousness, noun
supernumerous, adjective
supernumerously, adverb
supernumerousness, noun
unnumerous, adjective
unnumerously, adverb
unnumerousness, noun
1. See many. Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • Diamonds, too, are found in southern India, and numerously so.

  • Other food crops are wheat, barley, and the soya bean, but these not numerously so.

  • Then the churches were few, but now all denominations have their own, and numerously.

  • The meeting was most numerously attended, and there was no opposition.

  • The assembly was numerously attended, and opened tumultuously.

    Freaks of Fanaticism Sabine Baring-Gould
  • On the morrow, the early celebration in the chapel was numerously attended.

    Lothair Benjamin Disraeli
  • Among these arts was that of knowing how to be wisely and numerously wed.

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  • It has been numerously signed, and Verulam is going to Brighton to present it.

    The Greville Memoirs Charles C. F. Greville
  • Because the Hebrews are so numerously represented on the Green.

  • The meetings were numerously attended, and held two or three times a year.

    Wrestling and Wrestlers: Jacob Robinson
British Dictionary definitions for numerously


being many
consisting of many units or parts: a numerous collection
Derived Forms
numerously, adverb
numerousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for numerously



early 15c., from Latin numerosus "numerous," from numerus "a number" (see number (n.)). Related: Numerosity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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