From Middle English abundantly, abundauntli, habundantly, habundauntliche, equivalent to abundant +‎ -ly.



abundantly (comparative more abundantly, superlative most abundantly)

  1. In an abundant manner; in a sufficient degree; in large measure. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.][1]
    Synonyms: fully, amply, plentifully
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, [] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, [], OCLC 964384981:
      Genesis, I, 20
      And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
    • 1905, James Geikie, Structural and Field Geology: For Students of Pure and Applied Science:
      When strata are so unsymmetrically and abundantly folded that it becomes difficult or impossible to trace out the individual flexures and crumplings — the whole forming an irregular complex of folds — they are said to be contorted []
    • 2012 May 26, Phil McNulty, “Norway 0-1 England”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      Hodgson also has Wayne Rooney to call on once he has served a two-match suspension at the start of the tournament - and it is abundantly clear England will rely as heavily as ever on his ability to shape the outcome of important games.
  2. Extremely.
    • 1980, Claude Emerson Welch, Anatomy of Rebellion
      The explosion, in other words, was unexpected, powerful, and politically diffuse; it vented sharp African frustrations with the colonial situation, but had no readily visible leadership or political goals; it made abundantly obvious the need to speed the pace of self-government



  1. ^ “abundantly” in Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2002, →ISBN, page 10.