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copious

adjective

Definition: 1. abundant in number or yield; 2. full of thought, expression, or words; 3. large-scale or present in large quantities

Synonyms: plentiful, abundant, bountiful, large, generous, ample, profuse, overflowing, verbose

Antonyms: meager, scarce

Tips: Copious is derived from the Latin copiosus, from copia, or “abundance." Its related English words include cornucopia and copy. Copious is used to describe anything that exists or is provided in abundance. In business or in school, copious is often used to describe note taking. (i.e: "He took copious notes at the meeting.") For a memory trick, note how copious sounds like "copies for us." Now imagine asking someone to make numerous copies of their copious notes: "We need copious (abundant in number) copies of your copious notes, so please make "copies for us."

Usage Examples:

The company banquet featured copious amounts of delectable food and fine wine. (plentiful, large in quantity)

Her copious, detailed notes were enough to clear up the matter at once. (thorough)

His findings are supported by copious research. (abundant, ample)

We expect you to take copious notes at the conference so you can report back to us with what you learned. (profuse, detailed)


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