an extremely plentiful or oversufficient quantity or supply: an abundance of grain.
overflowing fullness: abundance of the heart.
affluence; wealth: the enjoyment of abundance.
Physics, Chemistry. the number of atoms of one isotope of an element divided by the total number of atoms in a mixture of the isotopes.

Origin of abundance

1300–50; Middle English < Middle French < Latin abundantia. See abundant, -ance
Related formspre·a·bun·dance, noun
Can be confusedabundance plenty profusion (see synonym study at plenty)

Synonyms for abundance

1. copiousness, plenteousness. See plenty. 2. generosity.

Antonyms for abundance

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Historical Examples of abundance

  • There was abundance of water on the surface in the hollows of the sand-hills.

  • The more we are freed from fear the more exultantly we feel our abundance of life.

  • There was, as Yates afterward remarked, "abundance, and plenty of it."

  • Here are children in abundance, and what benefit could have accrued to me from his purchasing Vernon?

    Lady Susan

    Jane Austen

  • The charm that held us to this rough place was the abundance of game.

    A Woman Tenderfoot

    Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson

British Dictionary definitions for abundance



a copious supply; great amount
fullness or benevolencefrom the abundance of my heart
degree of plentifulness
chem the extent to which an element or ion occurs in the earth's crust or some other specified environment: often expressed in parts per million or as a percentage
physics the ratio of the number of atoms of a specific isotope in a mixture of isotopes of an element to the total number of atoms present: often expressed as a percentagethe abundance of neon-22 in natural neon is 8.82 per cent
Also called: abondance a call in solo whist undertaking to make nine tricks

Word Origin for abundance

C14: via Old French from Latin abundantia, from abundāre to abound
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Word Origin and History for abundance

mid-14c., from Old French abondance and directly from Latin abundantia "fullness, plenty," noun of state from abundantem (nominative abundans), present participle of abundare "to overflow" (see abound).

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