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From Middle English abundantly, abundauntli, habundantly, habundauntliche, equivalent to abundant +‎ -ly.



abundantly (comparative more abundantly, superlative most abundantly)

  1. In an abundant manner; in a sufficient degree; in large measure. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.][1]
    Synonyms: fully, amply, plentifully
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, [] (King James Version), London: [] Robert Barker, [], →OCLC, Genesis 1:20:
      And God said, Let the waters bring foorth aboundantly the mouing creature that hath life, and foule that may flie aboue the earth in the open firmament of heauen.
    • 1905, James Geikie, Structural and Field Geology: For Students of Pure and Applied Science:
      When strata are so unsymmetrically and abundantly folded that it becomes difficult or impossible to trace out the individual flexures and crumplings — the whole forming an irregular complex of folds — they are said to be contorted []
    • 2012 May 26, Phil McNulty, “Norway 0-1 England”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      Hodgson also has Wayne Rooney to call on once he has served a two-match suspension at the start of the tournament - and it is abundantly clear England will rely as heavily as ever on his ability to shape the outcome of important games.
    • 2018, James Lambert, “Anglo-Indian slang in dictionaries on historical principles”, in World Englishes, volume 37, page 248:
      Indian English is today one of the most widespread and abundantly used varieties of English, in extensive use not only throughout South Asia but in virtually every corner of the globe.
  2. Extremely.
    • 1980, Claude Emerson Welch, Anatomy of Rebellion:
      The explosion, in other words, was unexpected, powerful, and politically diffuse; it vented sharp African frustrations with the colonial situation, but had no readily visible leadership or political goals; it made abundantly obvious the need to speed the pace of self-government



  1. ^ Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors (2002), “abundantly”, in The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 10.