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From knowledge +‎ -ful (suffix forming adjectives from nouns, with the sense of being full of, tending to, or thoroughly possessing the quality expressed by the noun).[1]



knowledgeful (comparative more knowledgeful, superlative most knowledgeful)

  1. (rare) Full of knowledge; knowledgeable. [from late 16th c.]
    Synonyms: well-informed; see also Thesaurus:learned
    Antonyms: see Thesaurus:ignorant
    • 1865, “Gold-worship in America”, in Mrs. S. C. Hall [i.e., Anna Maria Hall], editor, The St. James’s Magazine, volume XII, London: [] [F]or the proprietor by W. Kent and Co., []; New York, N.Y.: Willmer and Rogers, →OCLC, page 434:
      No one asks in New York, "Is he good? is he noble, self-sacrificing, intellectual, knowledgeful?" Oh no. The Manhattanites feel no need of all these things. They ask only one question, far more cognate than such trivial incidentals,—"How much money has he got?"
    • 1887, D[avid] J. F. Newall, chapter 2, in The Highlands of India Vol. II., Being a Chronicle of Field Sports and Travel in India, [], London: Harrison and Sons, []; Isle of Wight: Brannon and Co., County Press, [], →OCLC, page 204:
      The whole country is full of interest, and even to this date Alexander [the Great]'s route through it to the Indus, and beyond that river to the Jhelum may be traced by a careful and knowledgeful explorer.
    • 1936 January, Ezra Pound, “Money versus Music”, in R[aymond] Murray Schafer, editor, Ezra Pound and Music: The Complete Criticism (New Directions Paperbook; 33), New York, N.Y.: New Directions Publishing, published 2008, →ISBN, page 380:
      As a "system" to be applied anywhere, all the particular town can do is to place its music in charge of its best performer and most knowledgeful local critic—minimum two people with some mutual respect and deference. [From The Delphian Quarterly.]
    • 1960, Tion Bikajle et al., edited by John E. deYoung, The Use of Names by Micronesians (Anthropological Working Papers; no. 3), Guam: Office of the Staff Anthropologist, Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, →OCLC, page 23:
      [T]he right and responsibility to select the name rests fully upon the father himself, and a knowledgeful man will make the selection in the privacy of his thoughts.
    • 2021, Catherine McCrory, “Inferentialism in History Education: Locating the ‘Power’ and the ‘Knowledge’ by Thinking About what It is for a Concept to Have Meaning in the First Place”, in Arthur Chapman, editor, Knowing History in Schools: Powerful Knowledge and the Powers of Knowledge, London: UCL Press, →DOI, →ISBN, page 62:
      It is not that my seven-year-old niece does not know what a teacher is. I have no reason to doubt that her excitement at the prospect of seeing her teacher once term begins is knowledgeful. It is that my niece's explicit utterance is not as abundantly stocked with appropriate responsiveness to implicit inferential relations as it needs to be in this instance.

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  1. ^ knowledgeful, adj.”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, December 2020; “knowledgeful, n.”, in Lexico,; Oxford University Press, 2019–2022.

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