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Origin of overabundance

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at over-, abundance
Related formso·ver·a·bun·dant, adjectiveo·ver·a·bun·dant·ly, adverb

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Historical Examples of overabundance

  • A man like Munro is never blessed with an overabundance of friends.

  • The suppers in fact generally held an overabundance of food.

    Frying Pan Farm

    Elizabeth Brown Pryor

  • It is supposed, by some, to be caused by an insect, others suppose it to be caused by an overabundance of sap.

    A Treatise on Domestic Economy

    Catherine Esther Beecher

  • Simplicity, and pure line, were lost sight of when overabundance dulled the senses of the world.

    Woman as Decoration

    Emily Burbank

  • Many of the bearers of commissions knew little more than the men; and of such untrained officers there was an overabundance.

British Dictionary definitions for overabundance


  1. a supply or amount that is greater than requiredan overabundance of milk
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