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[oh-ver-uh-buhn-duh ns] /ˈoʊ vər əˈbʌn dəns/
an excessive amount or abundance; surfeit:
an overabundance of sugar in the diet.
Origin of overabundance
1350-1400; Middle English; see over-, abundance
Related forms
overabundant, adjective
overabundantly, adverb
excess, surplus, plethora, glut, profusion. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • "I believe you would die more certainly from lack of cigarettes than from an over-abundance of poison," said Genevra.

    The Man From Brodney's George Barr McCutcheon
  • The rich are unhappy through their over-abundance, and the poor through their poverty.

    The Quest Frederik van Eeden
  • An over-abundance of food sets up irritations of many kinds which make people restive in mind and body and adds fuel to passion.

    Religion And Health James J. Walsh
  • Sometimes there was an over-abundance on the board, and she had more money than she well knew how to spend.

    The Rival Crusoes W.H.G. Kingston
  • She suffered so much from over-abundance of ideas which she had not the physical strength to put on paper.

  • Im not sure that I have an over-abundance of pluck, after all.

  • And it is only fair to add that in Moore's best and most beautiful poems the over-abundance of imagery has disappeared.

  • You know how an over-abundance flows to you from the deprivations of the neglected.

    The Quest Frederik van Eeden
British Dictionary definitions for over-abundance


a supply or amount that is greater than required: an overabundance of milk
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for over-abundance

late 14c., from over- + abundance.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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