Abundant vs Superfluous - What's the difference?

abundant | superfluous |


As adjectives the difference between abundant and superfluous

is that abundant is fully sufficient; found in copious supply; in great quantity; overflowing while superfluous is in excess of what is required or sufficient.

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abundant

English

Alternative forms

* (obsolete) abundaunt * (obsolete) habundaunt * (obsolete) habundant

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Fully sufficient; found in copious supply; in great quantity; overflowing.
  • * [W]ith their magical words they [poets] bring forth to our eyesight the abundant images and beauties of creation. — Leigh Hunt, On the Realities of Imagination
  • Richly supplied; wealthy; possessing in great quantity.
  • * Abundant in goodness and truth. — Exodus, 34:6
  • (mathematics) Being an abundant number, i.e. less than the sum of all of its divisors except itself.
  • Usage notes

    * (richly supplied) Normally followed by the word in' or (obsolete) ' of .

    Synonyms

    * ample (see here for explanation of distinctions) * bountiful * copious * exuberant * liberal * overflowing * plenteous * plentiful * profuse * rich * teeming * See also

    Antonyms

    * rare * scarce * (math) deficient

    Derived terms

    * abundant number * abundantly * superabundant

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    superfluous

    English

    Adjective

    (-)
  • In excess of what is required or sufficient.
  • With a full rain suit, carrying an umbrella may be superfluous .

    Synonyms

    * excessive, extraneous, extra, pleonastic, supernumerary, surplus, unnecessary, extravagant

    Coordinate terms

    * gratuitous