- 1(Especially of a group or area) having a great deal of money; wealthy: the affluent societies of the western worldMore example sentences
wealthy, rich, prosperous, opulent, well off, moneyed, with deep pockets, well-to-do, comfortable; propertied, substantial, of means, of substance, with deep pockets, in clover, plutocratic; North American silk-stocking• informal well heeled, rolling in it/money, in the money, made of money, filthy rich, stinking rich, loaded, flush, on easy street, quids in, worth a packet/bundle
- The Government wants to redistribute wealth from more affluent areas in the south to deprived parts in the north of the country.
- Oddly enough, the advertisers deny they are specifically targeting gay consumers, one of society's most affluent groups.
- However, a more complicated picture emerges from the affluent areas of the cities that were compared.
- 2 • archaic (Of water) flowing freely or in great quantity.More example sentences
- He replied that the water was affluent and that they had not reviewed this in detail.
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- A tributary stream.More example sentences
- 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'.