To have an abundance of something is to have more than you need. It's often used to describe positive qualities, such as "an abundance of love."

Abundance is the opposite of scarcity. An abundance of wealth is a ton of cash. An abundance of friends sounds like a good thing, but it can get overwhelming when it comes to scheduling time to hang out or buying gifts. This noun comes to us from the mid-14th century French, via the Latin abundantia, meaning "fullness, plenty."

Definitions of abundance
  1. noun
    the property of a more than adequate quantity or supply
    “an age of abundance
    synonyms: copiousness, teemingness
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    scarceness, scarcity
    a small and inadequate amount
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    amplitude, bountifulness, bounty
    the property of copious abundance
    plenitude, plenteousness, plentifulness, plentitude, plenty
    a full supply
    cornucopia, profuseness, profusion, richness
    the property of being extremely abundant
    the quality of profuse abundance
    lushness, luxuriance, voluptuousness
    the property of being lush and abundant and a pleasure to the senses
    overabundance, overmuch, overmuchness, superabundance
    a quantity that is more than what is appropriate
    a profusion of growth on or over something else
    greenness, verdancy, verdure
    the lush appearance of flourishing vegetation
    a bewildering profusion
    excess, nimiety, surplus, surplusage
    a quantity much larger than is needed
    glut, oversupply, surfeit
    the quality of being so overabundant that prices fall
    an undesirable overabundance
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    an adequate or large amount
  2. noun
    (physics) the ratio of the number of atoms of a specific isotope of an element to the total number of isotopes present
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    the relative magnitudes of two quantities (usually expressed as a quotient)
  3. noun
    (chemistry) the ratio of the total mass of an element in the earth's crust to the total mass of the earth's crust; expressed as a percentage or in parts per million
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    the relative magnitudes of two quantities (usually expressed as a quotient)
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