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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a plentiful/abundant supplyformal:
▪ There was a plentiful supply of books and magazines to read.
▪ And the scars of Labour ministers were just as plentiful as the ones on Tory backs.
▪ In this election year, books about politics are as plentiful as presidential primaries.
▪ If the material is as plentiful as it appears around these stars, it is highly likely to clump together into planets.
▪ But in Santa Fe the rumors about us had always been as plentiful as they were arcane.
▪ After two or more good seasons in succession, predatory birds become markedly more plentiful.
▪ They included liberals, who were far more plentiful and powerful in the 1930s and 1940s than they are today.
▪ Although food is more plentiful these days, child mortality remains dangerously high.
▪ Celtic coinage, in particular, proved to be more plentiful than experts had thought, with countless new varieties turning up.
More recently, the demand for fast breeder reactors has seemed less urgent as worldwide supplies of uranium have become more plentiful.
▪ The two-horned creature's plump and well-fed appearance was attributed to the fact that its prey was so plentiful.
▪ The liquid is burnt in a plentiful supply of air and the temperature rise in the surrounding water bath is measured.
▪ Buy fresh foods when they are in plentiful supply, that is, in season. 12.
▪ A plentiful supply of anything is a recipe for disaster.
▪ A plentiful supply of food is particularly important for hedgehogs after hibernation and prior to breeding.
▪ As soon as the eggs hatch you will need to provide a plentiful supply of the plant that the caterpillar feeds on.
▪ That night they simply marched on to the airfield and set their bombs on a plentiful supply of aircraft.
▪ There was a plentiful supply of cheap labour that could be easily employed in tiny sweatshops.
▪ The rivers of eastern Sierra Leone contain some of the most easily mined and plentiful supplies of diamonds on the planet.
▪ a plentiful harvest
▪ During the summer tomatoes are plentiful and cheap.
▪ Opportunities for teaching abroad are plentiful.
▪ The river provides a plentiful supply of clean water to nearby villages.
▪ And a continuing -- although decreasing -- number hunt the wild animals that remain plentiful.
▪ Likewise sterile supplies and instruments are less plentiful than you may remember.
▪ Mortgages indeed were cheap; they were plentiful, yet no one wanted to buy them.
▪ Placid river views are plentiful along the rest of the project for walkers or bike riders as well.
▪ She may have originated with the notion of human sacrifice to ensure plentiful crops, for her actions were often bloodthirsty.
▪ The air is sweet, the land is good, timber is plentiful, and the fishing is excellent.
▪ The food was not too good, nor too plentiful, so when I returned I was a lot lighter and a lot fitter.
▪ There is plentiful evidence of the emetic of the climbing!
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Plentiful \Plen"ti*ful\, a.

  1. Containing plenty; copious; abundant; ample; as, a plentiful harvest; a plentiful supply of water.

  2. Yielding abundance; prolific; fruitful.

    If it be a long winter, it is commonly a more plentiful year.

  3. Lavish; profuse; prodigal. [Obs.]

    He that is plentiful in expenses will hardly be preserved from
    --Bacon. [1913 Webster] -- Plen"ti*ful*ly, adv. -- Plen"ti*ful*ness, n.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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


a. 1 Existing in large number or ample amount. 2 Yielding abundance; fruitful. 3 (context obsolete English) lavish; profuse; prodigal

  1. adj. existing in great number or quantity; "rhinoceroses were once plentiful here"

  2. affording an abundant supply; "had ample food for the party"; "copious provisions"; "food is plentiful"; "a plenteous grape harvest"; "a rich supply" [syn: ample, copious, plenteous, rich]

  3. producing in abundance; "the bountiful earth"; "a plentiful year"; "fruitful soil" [syn: bountiful]

Usage examples of "plentiful".

At the, er, target location, base elements plentiful everywhere accrete to the information and an identical body and, er, outfit, will appear.

One of the best things you can do to ensure that short science fiction remains alive and plentiful in the market is to subscribe to whatever magazine you like best.

The Isle of Thanet, a secure and fertile district, was allotted for the residence of these German auxiliaries, and they were supplied, according to the treaty, with a plentiful allowance of clothing and provisions.

While one of the candidates boasted the honors of his family, a second allured his judges by the delicacies of a plentiful table, and a third, more guilty than his rivals, offered to share the plunder of the church among the accomplices of his sacrilegious hopes.

If you ask, for instance, Asplenium viride how it contrives to grow plentifully in the Craven of Yorkshire down to 600 or 800 feet above the sea, while in Snowdon it dislikes growing lower than 2000 feet, and is not plentiful even there?

The winter was a much milder one than the preceding, food was less scarce, money more plentiful owing to the issue of assignats, public confidence greatly increased.

That this leaf -presented to the parents of the bride to ensure permission for her hand in marriage, thrown into the air before journeys to ensure a safe return, buried in the ground by farmers to ensure plentiful harvests, burned at the cornerstones of new houses to ensure good luck within them, laid on piles of stones dedicated to Pachacamac to ensure safe passage through the mountains, and so on and so on - could have been banned beggars belief.

A substance made from Tibanna gas, plentiful on the planet Bespin, where it is mined and sold in liquid form as a fuel in Cloud City.

We would drive to the bottling plant, we would not break in, there would be plentiful evidence of legal prosperity and we would drive sedately home.

The tables were filled with brewets and pasties and meat tiles together with jellies and fritters and plentiful ale.

Believe this and it surely follows, as concave implies convex, that by daily converse and association with these great ones we take their breeding, their manners, earn their magnanimity, make ours their gifts of courtesy, unselfishness, mansuetude, high seated pride, scorn of pettiness, wholesome plentiful jovial laughter.

We add a few more extracts mainly to show that deep ploughing, and plentiful manuring, are the sure guarantee of bountiful crops.

They had come hoping to begin with a society of small farms in some area where metals were plentiful, and to let their descendants gradually assemble the tools of a better civilization.

And as though the strife here were not already hard enough, behold from many corners of the land come needy emigrants, prospectless among their own people, fearing the dark season which has so often meant for them the end of wages and of food, tempted hither by thought that in the shadow of palaces work and charity are both more plentiful.

They might have spoken of an intent to transform the club into a node, a source of plentiful Quintessence, but the club would never develop into any such thing.