Definitions

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  • n. the state or quality of being numerous

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being numerous or many; the condition of consisting of a great number of individuals.
  • n. Poetic quality; melodiousness; musicalness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a large number

Etymologies

numerous +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The astonished Portuguese did not know what to think of this new phenomenon, but its "numerousness," if we may so call it, caused it to altogether outweigh the influence of the first prediction, and there were no further symptoms of revolt against the French.

    Burroughs' Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information, 1889

  • They were used to a living environment where they didn't need to be cautious; their numerousness made them indestructible.

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  • "We used that figure when most gay people were entirely hidden to try to create an impression of our numerousness," says Tom Stoddard, former head of the Lambda Legal Defense Fund.

    How Many Gays Are There?

  • This boldness of the consul, and the numerousness of his army, double theirs, startled the Carthaginians; but

    The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans

  • As a striking proof, besides, of the numerousness of the natives, I beg leave to state, that Governor

    The Expedition to Botany Bay

  • While signaling to the reader the fact that "every body" encompasses various degrees of numerousness, while signaling, that is, the fact that there are crowds Emma will join and crowds she won't, that passage likewise indexes Austen's participation in a project of social theory that had preoccupied the moralists of the previous century.

    Social Theory at Box Hill: Acts of Union

  • Out of 600 such letters -- a typical day's grist -- the chances are but half will be written in Italian, followed in the order of their numerousness, by those inscribed in Polish, French and Scandinavian.

    The Stars and Stripes The American Soldiers' Newspaper of World War I, 1918-1919

  • But numerousness is a new factor, or new disturbance, to our explorations --

    The Book of the Damned

  • Their most striking peculiarity was, as Mrs. Malaprop would say, "his numerousness."

    Janey Canuck in the West

  • And Herbert Spencer, has this to say of this phase of the subject, "It is almost a truism to say that in proportion to the numerousness of the objects that can be distinguished, and in proportion to the variety of coexistences and sequences that can be severally responded to, must be the number and rapidity and variety of the changes within the organism -- must be the amount of vitality."

    A Series of Lessons in Raja Yoga

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