Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Amounting to a large number; many.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Indefinitely large numerically, many

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Consisting of a great number of units or individual objects; being many.
  • adj. Consisting of poetic numbers; rhythmical; measured and counted; melodious; musical.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Consisting of a great number of individuals: as, a numerous army.
  • A great many; not a few; forming a great number: as, numerous objects attract the attention; attacked by numerous enemies.
  • Consisting of poetic numbers; rhythmical; melodious; musical.
  • In descriptive bot., indefinite in number, usually any number above twenty, as stamens in a flower.

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

  • adj. amounting to a large indefinite number

Etymologies

Middle English, from Latin numerōsus, from numerus, number; see number.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

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  • McCain admits he has used the term numerous times.

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  • Senior congressional Republicans and Democrats said Wednesday they would join forces with the president to fix what they call numerous flaws in the law.

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  • In a decision dated Friday, another judge, Nathaniel Gorton, ruled against allowing an expert's study, citing what he called numerous flaws in its methodology.

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  • So NORAD now taking the decision, we are told, to put fighter aircraft over what they called numerous U.S. cities.

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  • Northcott said he looks forward to straightening out what he called numerous misunderstandings.

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  • The U.N. Committee Against Torture expressed alarm Friday at what it described as "numerous, consistent and substantiated reports" of human rights violations in Syria, including the killing of peaceful demonstrators, the abuse of detainees, arbitrary arrests, extrajudicial executions and disappearances.

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  • California-based Northcoast Environmental Center Klamath coordinator Jay Wright says his group could no longer negotiate in good faith on the hydro deal, because of what he called numerous "preconditions" and lengthy time frame.

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  • On Tuesday, Real appealed the judge's decision, pointing out what it called numerous flaws in the court's reasoning.

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