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af·flu·ent  audio  (fl-nt, -fl-) KEY 

ADJECTIVE:
  1. Generously supplied with money, property, or possessions; prosperous or rich. See Synonyms at rich.
  2. Plentiful; abundant.
  3. Flowing freely; copious.
NOUN:
  1. A stream or river that flows into a larger one; a tributary.
  2. A person who is well-off financially: "the so-called emerging affluents" (Leslie Tweeton).

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English, abundant, flowing, from Old French, from Latin affluns, affluent- present participle of affluere, to abound in : ad-, ad- + fluere, to flow; see bhleu- in Indo-European roots

OTHER FORMS:
afflu·ent·ly(Adverb)


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