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From Middle English numerous from Latin numerōsus (numerous, abundant; harmonious), from numerus (number). Doublet of numerose. Analyzeable as numero- +‎ -ous.

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numerous (comparative more numerous, superlative most numerous)

  1. Indefinitely large numerically, many.
    • 2012 March-April, Colin Allen, “Do I See What You See?”, in American Scientist[1], volume 100, number 2, United States: Sigma Xi, →ISSN, →OCLC, archived from the original on 26 April 2012, page 168:
      Numerous experimental tests and other observations have been offered in favor of animal mind reading, and although many scientists are skeptical, others assert that humans are not the only species capable of representing what others do and don’t perceive and know.
    There are numerous definitions of the word 'man'.
  2. Consisting of a large number of individuals or parts.
    • 1911, James George Frazer, The Golden Bough, volume 10, page 263:
      A numerous band of men and maidens escorts him by torchlight.

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