Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Liberality; generosity.
  • n. The property of being physically large.
  • n. The quality of not being limited or constrained; having great scope.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being large.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The condition or quality of being large.
  • n. Comprehension: scope; extensiveness: as, largeness of intellect or of a view.
  • n. Extension; amplitude; volume: as, the largeness of an offer.
  • n. Freedom; breadth; latitude; unrestraint.
  • n. Magnanimity.
  • n. Liberality.

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

  • n. the capacity to understand a broad range of topics
  • n. the property of having a relatively great size
  • n. the quality of being pretentious (behaving or speaking in such a manner as to create a false appearance of great importance or worth)
  • n. large or extensive in breadth or importance or comprehensiveness

Etymologies

From large + -ness. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It focuses on a major drawback of largesse -- namely, largeness.

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • It is called largeness of heart; for the heart is often put for the intellectual powers.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume II (Joshua to Esther)

  • Brendon's rope is just too huge for merely one "largeness" adjective; it must have three!

    Tallulah Morehead: Big Brother 12: The Boobiac Strikes Back!

  • The "largeness" of that number like the dot-coms referring to the largeness of the Internet does not a case make, as plenty of knowledge management vendors can attest.

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  • The spiritual power and manifoldness and largeness which is the most informing quality of a really cultivated man comes from a certain refinement in him, a gift of knowing by tasting.

    The Lost Art of Reading

  • Then, remembering his dignity, he spoke with cutting sarcasm of the truly wonderful "largeness" seven brothers had shown in being able so well to take care of one younger sister.

    Ojio-San

  • Over and above this, however, seven was chosen, primarily, because it was a large number, and, secondly, because it was a sacred number, -- sacred in part because large, since 'largeness' and 'sacredness' are correlated ideas in the popular phases of early religious thought.

    The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria

  • She, active and fresh-looking still, but settling into that fair largeness which is not unbecoming a lady of middle-age, he, inclined to a slight stoop, with the lines of his face more sharply defined, and the hair wearing away off his forehead up to the crown.

    John Halifax, Gentleman

  • In many ways her harsh sound works in her favor, as it adds to the largeness and power of the album's overall sound.

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  • I inhaled and inhaled and then inhaled again until all the trees became one, until I felt certain that the largeness of everything was mostly unfixable.

    The Adults

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