Definition of affluent in English:


Line breaks: af¦flu|ent
Pronunciation: /ˈaflʊənt


  • 2 archaic (Of water) flowing freely or in great quantity.
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    • He replied that the water was affluent and that they had not reviewed this in detail.


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  • A tributary stream.
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    • The chief commerce is in silk, which is carried on along the River and its numerous affluents and canals.
    • About 60 miles higher up in the course of the Nile, there is another large affluent from the west.
    • On reaching the bottom, what was our surprise and disgust to find ourselves landed on the high muddy bank of a wide, rapidly flowing affluent of the Great River.



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  • They have created this awful situation where people can come and live so affluently, and so many others can't afford a decent roof over their heads.
  • By 1970 the concept of duty evaporated in the affluently modeled consumer society.
  • Complex in character, this ecosystem is a self-sustaining community living affluently due to a combination of several important elements such as warmth, rainfall, nutrients and sunlight.


late Middle English (in sense 2 of the adjective): via Old French from Latin affluent- 'flowing towards, flowing freely', from the verb affluere, from ad- 'to' + fluere 'to flow'.

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