[ plen-ti-fuhl ]
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  1. existing in great plenty: Coal was plentiful, and therefore cheap, in that region.

  2. yielding abundantly: a plentiful source of inspiration.

Origin of plentiful

A late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at plenty, -ful

synonym study For plentiful

1. Plentiful, ample, abundant, bountiful describe a more than adequate supply of something. Plentiful suggests an over-adequate quantity: a plentiful supply. Ample suggests a more than adequate quality as well: to give ample praise. Abundant implies a greater degree of plenty, and bountiful a still more ample quality as well: an abundant, even a bountiful, harvest.

Other words for plentiful

Opposites for plentiful

Other words from plentiful

  • plen·ti·ful·ly, adverb
  • plen·ti·ful·ness, noun
  • o·ver·plen·ti·ful, adjective
  • o·ver·plen·ti·ful·ly, adverb
  • o·ver·plen·ti·ful·ness, noun
  • qua·si-plen·ti·ful, adjective
  • qua·si-plen·ti·ful·ly, adverb
  • un·plen·ti·ful, adjective
  • un·plen·ti·ful·ly, adverb

Words that may be confused with plentiful

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How to use plentiful in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for plentiful


/ (ˈplɛntɪfʊl) /

  1. ample; abundant

  2. having or yielding an abundance: a plentiful year

Derived forms of plentiful

  • plentifully, adverb
  • plentifulness, noun

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