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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.
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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
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(ˈkəupiəs) adjective
plentiful. a copious supply.
ˈcopiously adverb
ˈcopiousness noun
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References in classic literature ?
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 Thesaurus in their cradles) they say nothing to me: to my mind they know too much and feel too obviously; I cannot stomach the heartiness with which they slap me on the back or the emotion with which they hurl themselves on my bosom; their passion seems to me a little anaemic and their dreams a trifle dull.
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. The assiduous merchant, the laborious husbandman, the active mechanic, and the industrious manufacturer, -- all orders of men, look forward with eager expectation and growing alacrity to this pleasing reward of their toils.
Chapter 2 reads eighteenth-century multilingualism through the work of Jacques Ranciere, with special attention to the implications of claims about the "copiousness" of the English language by early advocates of standardization.
That this method confirms the dense copiousness to be found in Woolf's letter digression by no means suggests that the rest of Woolf's novel, or any other of her novels or texts, does not overflow with golden words and thoughts, or that she is the only writer of her own or any other time period, culture, or genre capable of achieving Erasmus's rhetorical ideal.
While photos in this section are not so prolific as in the preceding pages showcasing specific birds; there is nonetheless a copiousness of photos presenting some of the birds I have not seen before.
The major features of primary orality include the following: speech acts, mnemonic narrative devices, formulaic expressions and cliches, stock characters, standard themes, additive styles, redundancy and copiousness, an empathie audience relationship, and situational thinking (Ong 33-49).
The travel restrictions imposed on Qatar have further impacted these plans because it is estimated the country needs around 36,000 migrant labourers and copiousness amounts of imported construction materials to deliver on deadline.
like rhetoricians, the pastoral writers love to list and aim for copiousness, for representing, as much as possible, the culturally authoritative "dicta et facta" in a topos.
The chapter also proposes an epistemology of the conundrum of interpretation posed by mysterious, difficult, and obscure terms and their many possible meanings--as well as a set of guiding principles and strategies for scholars approaching the linguistic copiousness of sex discourse.
From a perspective of the conception of those songs, what Ong used to call redundancy or copiousness (and which I have called reiteration) is a necessary consequence of the oral economy, a pattern that the singer, poet or minstrel will keep in mind when he creates his poems.
that yet has been able to substitute for the substance so amazing a mockery, and has treated with so much copiousness and power what it was unfit ever to have attempted.
McPhee, manager of the Anglo-French Company, waxed lyrical about the richness and copiousness of the timber in the Belingwe Gold-belt: 'I have never seen in South Africa a block of farms so well-timbered, nothing approaching them--the mountain range for over 20 miles is simply a forest of valuable timber and the mines are in the midst of the timber.' (32) However, as the extent of mining and farming operations increased, there was an analogous increase in forest denudation.