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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]

User Contributed Dictionary



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


  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.





  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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