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ample

[am-puh l]
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adjective, am·pler, am·plest.
  1. fully sufficient or more than adequate for the purpose or needs; plentiful; enough: an ample supply of water; ample time to finish.
  2. of sufficient or abundant measure; liberal; copious: an ample reward.
  3. of adequate or more than adequate extent, size, or amount; large; spacious; roomy: ample storage space.
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Origin of ample

1400–50; late Middle English < Anglo-French < Latin amplus wide, large
Related formsam·ple·ness, noun

Synonyms

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2. generous, free, abounding, lavish, plenteous, overflowing. 3. extensive, vast, great, capacious.

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1. See plentiful. 2. Ample, liberal, copious, profuse describe degrees of abundant provision. Ample implies a plentiful provision: to give ample praise. Liberal implies provision from a generous supply (more than ample but less than copious ): Liberal amounts of food were distributed to the needy. Copious implies an apparently inexhaustible and lavish abundance: a copious flow of tears. Profuse implies a still more unrestrained abundance of provision or flow: profuse in his apologies.

Antonyms

2. scanty, meager.
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Examples from the Web for ampleness

Historical Examples

  • The parterre, extending before the main building, is of an ampleness scarcely conceivable until once viewed.

    Royal Palaces and Parks of France

    Milburg Francisco Mansfield

  • Then comes the new property of the University of Pittsburgh, which is built with ampleness of design.

  • There was much of the ampleness of Mirabeau, but no heaviness; there was so much soul that this carried that lightly.

    Balzac

    Frederick Lawton


British Dictionary definitions for ampleness

ample

adjective
  1. more than sufficient; abundantan ample helping
  2. large in size, extent, or amountof ample proportions
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Derived Formsampleness, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Old French, from Latin amplus spacious
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Word Origin and History for ampleness

ample

adj.

mid-15c., from Middle French ample, from Latin amplus "large, spacious," related to ampla "handle, grip."

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