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  1. capable of holding much; spacious or roomy: a capacious storage bin.
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Origin of capacious

First recorded in 1605–15; capaci(ty) + -ous
Related formsca·pa·cious·ly, adverbca·pa·cious·ness, nounun·ca·pa·cious, adjectiveun·ca·pa·cious·ly, adverbun·ca·pa·cious·ness, noun


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  • If you thirst, we will cheerfully offer you the capacious goblet and the richest wines.


    William Godwin

  • Why should I cumber myself with regrets that the receiver is not capacious?

    Essays, First Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • The capacious lung, the thundering or the tender vocal chords.

    Notes on My Books

    Joseph Conrad

  • The symbol of festivity should be capacious, as well as prime in quality.

  • He shook the capacious fluttering folds and handed it to its owner.

    In Apple-Blossom Time

    Clara Louise Burnham

British Dictionary definitions for capacious


  1. capable of holding much; roomy; spacious
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Derived Formscapaciously, adverbcapaciousness, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin capāx, from Latin capere to take
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Word Origin and History for capacious


1610s, "able to contain," from Latin capax (genitive capacis) "able to take in," from capere "to take" (see capable) + -ous. Meaning "able to hold much" is from 1630s. Related: Capaciously; capaciousness.

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