2. An abundance of riches, wealth, or opulence: By choosing the right business, the family progressed from poverty to affluence within a few years.
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3. An abundant supply, as of thoughts or words; profusion: William had an affluence of ideas for the new project.
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4. A flowing to or toward a point: The patient had an abnormal affluence of blood to the head.
5. Etymology: affluent and affluence are derived from Latin affluere, "to flow freely and in abundance".
By the way, have you ever heard of anyone who suffered from affluenza?
Affluence is the wealth more often attained by a will of your own than by the will of a relative.
Some people get their affluence through influence.
2. Something that flows out or forth; the emitting or sending out: The odor of the gas leak became an effluence that made several people ill.
2. The ability to produce effects indirectly by means of power based on wealth, high position, etc.: The office gossip was that Ophelia, who was his secretary, had a strong urge to marry Jim Pendleton, the CEO, not for love, but because of his affluence (wealth) and influence in politics
The influence of the affluents didn't matter when the city was trying to solve the problem of the effluence of the effluents into the sewer system.