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copious

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Pronunciation: /ˈkəʊpɪəs
 
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Definition of copious in English:

adjective

1Abundant in supply or quantity: she took copious notes
More example sentences
  • A sensible approach was taken to the game and copious quantities of water were supplied to the players in an effort to stop them dehydrating.
  • On the other hand, the King Cobra, which has a relatively less potent venom, injects a copious quantity in one bite.
  • It has a year-long mild climate, copious supplies of fresh water, vegetation and trees that contain plenty of good things to eat.
Synonyms
abundant, superabundant, plentiful, ample, profuse, full, extensive, considerable, substantial, generous, bumper, lavish, fulsome, liberal, bountiful, overflowing, abounding, teeming;
in abundance;
many, numerous, multiple, multifarious, multitudinous, manifold, countless, innumerable
informal a gogo, galore
South African informal lank
literary bounteous, plenteous
myriad
1.1 archaic Profuse in speech or ideas: I had been a little too copious in talking of my country
More example sentences
  • Typically courteous, he began his acceptance speech by offering copious thanks to all and sundry.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French copieux or Latin copiosus, from copia 'plenty'.

Derivatives

copiously

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • Later on, I heard from my junior gossip writers that the actress had turned up at the Congress headquarters in a spotless white sari and wept copiously when introduced to the party chief.
  • The banana and orange juice provides a good dose of potassium, which you lose copiously during long exercise sessions and may contribute to muscle cramps.
  • Its accession is particularly welcome, since eighteenth-century French painters are not copiously represented in the National Gallery.

copiousness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • He classifies style according to its copiousness (its quantity of words and figures) and its energy.
  • I consider [purism] as destroying the nerve and beauty of language, while the other improves both, and adds to its copiousness.
  • It exhibits, he writes, ‘a vehemence and rapidity of mind, a copiousness of images, and vivacity of diction.’

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