capaciousness


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ca·pa·cious

 (kə-pā′shəs)
adj.
Capable of containing a large quantity; spacious or roomy: a capacious office building. See Synonyms at spacious.

[From Latin capāx, capāc-, from capere, to take; see kap- in Indo-European roots.]

ca·pa′cious·ly adv.
ca·pa′cious·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.capaciousness - intellectual breadth; "the very capaciousness of the idea meant that agreement on fundamentals was unnecessary"; "his unselfishness gave him great intellectual roominess"
breadth, largeness, comprehensiveness - the capacity to understand a broad range of topics; "a teacher must have a breadth of knowledge of the subject"; "a man distinguished by the largeness and scope of his views"
2.capaciousness - spatial largeness and extensiveness (especially inside a building); "the capaciousness of Santa's bag astounded the child"; "roominess in this size car is always a compromise"; "his new office lacked the spaciousness that he had become accustomed to"
bigness, largeness - the property of having a relatively great size
airiness - the property of something spacious and abounding in fresh air
seating capacity - the number of people that can be seated in a vehicle or auditorium or stadium etc.
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