Many vs Plentiful - What's the difference?

many | plentiful |

As a determiner many

is an indefinite large number of.

As a pronoun many

is a collective mass of people.

As a noun many

is a multitude; a great aggregate; a mass of people; the generality; the common herd.

As an adjective plentiful is

existing in large number or ample amount.



(wikipedia many)


  • An indefinite large number of.
  • :
  • *Bible, (w) xvii.4:
  • *:Thou shalt be a father of many nations.
  • *
  • *:The big houses, and there are a good many of them, lie for the most part in what may be called by courtesy the valleys. You catch a glimpse of them sometimes at a little distance from the [railway] line, which seems to have shown some ingenuity in avoiding them,.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-06, volume=408, issue=8843, page=68, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= The rise of smart beta , passage=Investors face a quandary. Cash offers a return of virtually zero in many developed countries; government-bond yields may have risen in recent weeks but they are still unattractive. Equities have suffered two big bear markets since 2000 and are wobbling again. It is hardly surprising that pension funds, insurers and endowments are searching for new sources of return.}}

    Usage notes

    Many'' is used with plural nouns only (except in the combination many a). Its singular counterpart is much, which is used with uncountable nouns. ''Many'' and ''much merge in the comparison forms, which are more and most for both determiners.


    * few


    (English Pronouns)
  • A collective mass of people.
  • An indefinite large number of people or things.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1922, author=(Ben Travers)
  • , chapter=4, title= A Cuckoo in the Nest , passage=By some paradoxical evolution rancour and intolerance have been established in the vanguard of primitive Christianity. Mrs. Spoker, in common with many of the stricter disciples of righteousness, was as inclement in demeanour as she was cadaverous in aspect.}}


    * few

    Derived terms

    * how many * many a * so many


    * 1611 — (King James Version of the Bible), 1:1 *: Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us...


  • A multitude; a great aggregate; a mass of people; the generality; the common herd.
  • A considerable number.
  • Statistics



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    Alternative forms

    * plentifull (archaic)


  • Existing in large number or ample amount.
  • a plentiful harvest
    a plentiful supply of water
    She accumulated a plentiful collection of books.
  • Yielding abundance; fruitful.
  • Some years, the tree is a plentiful source of apples.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • If it be a long winter, it is commonly a more plentiful year.
  • (obsolete) lavish; profuse; prodigal
  • * Francis Bacon
  • He that is plentiful in expenses will hardly be preserved from decay.


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