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[plen-ti-fuh l]
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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.
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Origin of plentiful

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at plenty, -ful
Related formsplen·ti·ful·ly, adverbplen·ti·ful·ness, nouno·ver·plen·ti·ful, adjectiveo·ver·plen·ti·ful·ly, adverbo·ver·plen·ti·ful·ness, nounqua·si-plen·ti·ful, adjectivequa·si-plen·ti·ful·ly, adverbun·plen·ti·ful, adjectiveun·plen·ti·ful·ly, adverb
Can be confusedplanetary plenary plentiful plenitude


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2. fruitful, bounteous, productive; luxuriant.

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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.


1. sparse, scanty. 2. barren, fruitless, sterile.
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Historical Examples

  • And of these three blessings our two Syrians together are plentifully endowed.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • Money was coming in plentifully, and all the correspondence was unsought.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • The harbour and approaches were, of course, plentifully strewn with mines.

  • Wine, ale, and October flew about as plentifully as kennel-water.

  • Certain it is they will not alight upon the skin which has been plentifully anointed with it.

British Dictionary definitions for plentifully


  1. ample; abundant
  2. having or yielding an abundancea plentiful year
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Derived Formsplentifully, adverbplentifulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for plentifully



late 15c., from plenty + -ful. Related: Plentifully.

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