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

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 for capacious

Antonyms for capacious

confining. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for capaciousness

vastness, roominess

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British Dictionary definitions for capaciousness



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

Word Origin for capacious

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



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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