richness

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Etymology[edit]

Inherited from Middle English richenesse; by surface analysis, rich +‎ ness.

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Noun[edit]

richness (usually uncountable, plural richnesses)

  1. (uncountable) The state or quality of being rich; wealthiness, wealth.
  2. (uncountable) The state of having many examples or cases; abundance; profusion.
    • 2012, James Lambert, “Beyond Hobson-Jobson: A new lexicography for Indian English”, in World Englishes[1], page 297:
      By using the same classification system for all the dictionaries surveyed, it was possible to compare the lexical richness of each against the other.
  3. (ecology) The number of types in a community.
  4. (countable) The result or product of being rich.

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