In the case I want to say there is a lot of things available and implies 'the more the better', which word should I use?

  • Giving us more context would be pretty useful to anyone attempting to answer your question. – Erik Kowal Oct 17 '14 at 3:55
  • Opinion: Abundant implies much or many of something. Sufficient implies what is necessary for something to occur. My personal experience: graduate student and then research scientist since 1988 - ecology and crop research. – J.D. Williams Jul 29 '19 at 19:14

This is difficult to answer without you providing a clearer idea of the situation. That said, I shall take a stab at this anyway.

Abundant implies that there is more than enough and greater than merely sufficient.

Both sufficient and enough imply that the quantity satisfies the need and don't necessarily provide any more information.

If I had to select one of these words to answer your question I would use abundant. The reasoning behind this is that you want it to imply 'the more the better,' and neither 'enough' nor 'sufficient' have that connotation. In fact they have the opposite. Imagine a store owner describing his vast selection of fruits; which of these sounds better?

"We have enough variety", "Our variety is sufficient", or "We have an abundance of different fruits."



I would say abundant means there's a lot and perhaps no more is needed. Plenty is somewhat less in volume but still has good conotations.

Enough and sufficient means that no more is needed. I would say that enough is the subjective of the two and sufficient is more objective

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