adjective (ampler; amplest) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin amplus Date: 15th century 1. generous or more than adequate in size, scope, or capacity <
there was room for an ample garden
2. generously sufficient to satisfy a requirement or need <
they had ample money for the trip
3. buxom, portly <
an ample figure
Synonyms: see spacious, plentifulampleness nounamply adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • ample — I adjective abounding, abundant, adequate, bountiful, broad enough, capacious, commodious, comprehensive, copious, expansive, extensive, generous, large enough, liberal, many, plenteous, satisfactory, sufficient II index adequate, broad,… …   Law dictionary

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