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Dictionary Definition

redundant adj
1 more than is needed, desired, or required; "trying to lose excess weight"; "found some extra change lying on the dresser"; "yet another book on heraldry might be thought redundant"; "skills made redundant by technological advance"; "sleeping in the spare room"; "supernumerary ornamentation"; "it was supererogatory of her to gloat"; "delete superfluous (or unnecessary) words"; "extra ribs as well as other supernumerary internal parts"; "surplus cheese distributed to the needy" [syn: excess, extra, spare, supererogatory, superfluous, supernumerary, surplus]
2 use of more words than required to express an idea; "a wordy gossipy account of a simple incident"; "a redundant text crammed with amplifications of the obvious" [syn: wordy]
3 repetition of same sense in different words; "`a true fact' and `a free gift' are pleonastic expressions"; "the phrase `a beginner who has just started' is tautological"; "at the risk of being redundant I return to my original proposition"- J.B.Conant [syn: pleonastic, tautologic, tautological]

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English

Etymology

From re- "re-" and undare "to flow".

Adjective

redundant
  1. Superfluous; exceeding what is necessary.
  2. Repetitive or needlessly wordy.
  3. In the context of "mainly|UK": Dismissed from employment because no longer needed.
  4. Involving redundancy in the provision of duplicate circuits or devices.

Translations

superfluous

German

Adjective

redundant
  1. redundant

Extensive Definition

Redundancy may refer to:
redundant in German: Redundanz
redundant in French: Redondance
redundant in Galician: Redundancia
redundant in Italian: Ridondanza
redundant in Dutch: Redundantie
redundant in Polish: Redundancja
redundant in Swedish: Redundans

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