present in great quantity; more than adequate; oversufficient: an abundant supply of water.
well supplied with something; abounding: a river abundant in salmon.
richly supplied, as with resources: an abundant land.

Origin of abundant

1325–75; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin abundant- (stem of abundāns) overflowing. See abound, -ant
Related formsa·bun·dant·ly, adverbpre·a·bun·dant, adjectivepre·a·bun·dant·ly, adverb

Synonyms for abundant

1. copious, profuse, overflowing. See plentiful. 2, 3. teeming, rich.

Antonyms for abundant

1–3. sparse, scarce.
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Examples from the Web for abundant

Contemporary Examples of abundant

Historical Examples of abundant

  • The ablutionary fluid is most difficult to be had in places where water is abundant.

  • Then she recovered somewhat, and sobbed gently in an abundant fall of tears.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • Refreshed by abundant sleep and good food he was in the highest of spirits.

    The Rock of Chickamauga

    Joseph A. Altsheler

  • About sundown he took in his decoy Hen, as Owls were abundant, and went back to his camp.

    Johnny Bear

    E. T. Seton

  • What she perceived was that she needed all her love and care, and these she offered in abundant measure.

British Dictionary definitions for abundant



existing in plentiful supply
(postpositive foll by in) having a plentiful supply (of)
(of a chemical element or mineral) occurring to an extent specified in relation to other elements or minerals in the earth's crust or some other specified environment
(of an isotope) occurring to an extent specified in relation to other isotopes in a mixture of isotopes

Word Origin for abundant

C14: from Latin abundant-, present participle of abundāre to abound
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Word Origin and History for abundant

late 14c., from Old French abundant and directly from Latin abundantem (nominative abundans) "overflowing," present participle of abundare "to overflow" (see abound). Related: Abundantly.

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