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1. Yielding or containing plenty; affording ample supply: a copious harvest. See Synonyms at plentiful.
2. Large in quantity; abundant: copious rainfall.
3. Abounding in matter, thoughts, or words; wordy: "I found our speech copious without order, and energetic without rules" (Samuel Johnson).

[Middle English, from Latin cōpiōsus, from cōpia, abundance; see op- in Indo-European roots.]

co′pi·ous·ly adv.
co′pi·ous·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.copiousness - the property of a more than adequate quantity or supplycopiousness - the property of a more than adequate quantity or supply; "an age of abundance"
quantity - an adequate or large amount; "he had a quantity of ammunition"
bountifulness, bounty, amplitude - the property of copious abundance
plenitude, plenteousness, plentifulness, plentitude, plenty - a full supply; "there was plenty of food for everyone"
profuseness, profusion, richness, cornucopia - the property of being extremely abundant; "the profusion of detail"; "the idiomatic richness of English"
wealth - the quality of profuse abundance; "she has a wealth of talent"
lushness, luxuriance, voluptuousness - the property of being lush and abundant and a pleasure to the senses
overmuch, overmuchness, superabundance, overabundance - a quantity that is more than what is appropriate; "four-year-olds have an overabundance of energy"; "we received an inundation of email"
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n (of supply)Größe f, → Reichlichkeit f; (of information, details)Fülle f, → Reichtum m; (of writer)Fruchtbarkeit f


(ˈkəupiəs) adjective
plentiful. a copious supply.
ˈcopiously adverb
ˈcopiousness noun
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By multipying the means of gratification, by promoting the introduction and circulation of the precious metals, those darling objects of human avarice and enterprise, it serves to vivify and invigorate the channels of industry, and to make them flow with greater activity and copiousness.
I admire their polish -- their youth is already so accomplished that it seems absurd to speak of promise -- I marvel at the felicity of their style; but with all their copiousness (their vocabulary suggests that they fingered Roget's
I believe that this insistence upon repetition and mundane copiousness illustrates a shift to highly individualized and often narcissistic attitudes that are becoming common in mobiliterates.
14) At that first meeting they argued amicably about whether it was better to be meagre and 'costive', as Davin called it, with one's writing, or to be for copiousness and fluency, as he believed he was himself.
Both are demanding poets, not least for an exactness they pursue in almost opposite ways: Cole through a stripping away of things to their essence, the arrangement of words like stones in a Zen garden, and Phillips through a kind of copiousness, an attempt to come at a dilemma from all sides at once, his constant, minute shivers of revision building in a way reminiscent of a fractal design.
Yet before plunging into the book, I highly recommend that you leaf through it and have a look at the pictorial supplements, whose uniqueness, copiousness and, in many cases, sheer novelty make them truly exceptional.
16) While these three terms chosen by Lyndsay may be primarily a collective trope of rhetorical copiousness, they can also be understood as carrying certain distinctions, although to understand them we need to recognize both contemporary usage and the misleading resonances of modern definitions.
In the spirit of copiousness and affirmative critique, I am interested in exploring ways of pluralizing the idea of binding and enhancing its serviceability.
For instance, of the novels of anarchist philosopher William Godwin, Hazlitt writes approvingly that "there is no look of patch-work and plagiarism, the beggarly copiousness of borrowed wealth" (289).
For all its copiousness and extravagance, there is a clear element of nihilism in this list that gives credence to the idea of Swift's fiction as more destructive than creative.
Yet archives also sponsor a fantasy of heterogeneous authenticity because their copiousness promises an unfiltered density of data.
Because of the copiousness of those that patronize her trade, she is morally armed to defy this society which enjoys the game of ostriches.