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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
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at over-, abundance
Related forms
overabundant, adjective
overabundantly, adverb
excess, surplus, plethora, glut, profusion. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The rich are unhappy through their over-abundance, and the poor through their poverty.

    The Quest Frederik van Eeden
  • You know how an over-abundance flows to you from the deprivations of the neglected.

    The Quest Frederik van Eeden
  • Im not sure that I have an over-abundance of pluck, after all.

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

  • "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
  • She suffered so much from over-abundance of ideas which she had not the physical strength to put on paper.

  • 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
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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