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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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  • A man like Munro is never blessed with an overabundance of friends.

  • The suppers in fact generally held an overabundance of food.

    Frying Pan Farm Elizabeth Brown Pryor
  • It is supposed, by some, to be caused by an insect, others suppose it to be caused by an overabundance of sap.

    A Treatise on Domestic Economy

    Catherine Esther Beecher
  • Simplicity, and pure line, were lost sight of when overabundance dulled the senses of the world.

    Woman as Decoration

    Emily Burbank
  • Many of the bearers of commissions knew little more than the men; and of such untrained officers there was an overabundance.

  • The doctrine of implied powers is expounded with all of his peculiar force and clearness, but with some overabundance of verbiage.

  • Very handsome she was, full-fleshed without a trace of plumpness, fun breasted without a hint of overabundance.

    The Unwilling Vestal Edward Lucas White
  • She did not wish Brockton to see the ravages which late hours and overabundance of rich foods were making on her complexion.

    The Easiest Way

    Eugene Walter and Arthur Hornblow
British Dictionary definitions for overabundance


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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