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 (plĕn′ĭ-to͞od′, -tyo͞od′)
1. An ample amount or quantity; an abundance: a region blessed with a plenitude of natural resources.
2. The condition of being full, ample, or complete.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin plēnitūdō, from plēnus, full; see pelə- in Indo-European roots.]

plen′i·tu′di·nous (-to͞od′n-əs, -tyo͞od′-) adj.


characterized by plenitude or abundance


(ˌplɛn ɪˈtud n əs, -ˈtyud-)

1. characterized by plenitude.
2. stout or portly.
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And he is not a writer by trade, but a doctor (like Charles Bovary); in desiring a plenitudinous and complete account of Flaubert's voice as well as his biographical being, Braithwaite desires the omniscient position of the author over his domain, which includes the psychological motivations behind Emma Bovary's (and by extension, Ellen's) choices (and one doesn't even have to go that far, since, as we are told by Flaubert, "Madame Bovary, c'est moi").
As Jay points out, the literal meaning of the term can be stretched to include exiles, the stateless, or the homeless, although metaphorically the unheimlich functions primarily to unsettle "phantasmatic notions of home" (161) and to deny "the plenitudinous presence of full emancipation" (160).
Among writers and critics, there are those who are more willing than others to accept that the energy of writers is rightly expended in a similarly plenitudinous act of "writing writing".