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capacious

[kuh-pey-shuh s]
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adjective
  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

Synonyms

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ample, large.

Antonyms

confining.
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Examples from the Web for capaciousness

Historical Examples

  • They fell away voluminously into the capaciousness of her bosom.

    The Moon and Sixpence

    W. Somerset Maugham

  • But the greed of gain has no time or limit to its capaciousness.

    Nationalism

    Rabindranath Tagore

  • France, great and populous as it is, is but a spot in the capaciousness of the system.

  • The capaciousness of her beliefs and acceptances amazed him.

    The Pastor's Wife

    Elizabeth von Arnim

  • On entering the place you are perfectly surprised at its capaciousness.


British Dictionary definitions for capaciousness

capacious

adjective
  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 capaciousness

capacious

adj.

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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