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tautology

tautology

noun tau·tol·o·gy \t-ˈtä-lə-jē\

: a statement in which you repeat a word, idea, etc., in a way that is not necessary

plural tau·tol·o·gies

Full Definition of TAUTOLOGY

1
a :  needless repetition of an idea, statement, or word
b :  an instance of tautology
2
:  a tautologous statement

Examples of TAUTOLOGY

  1. A beginner who has just started is a tautology.

Origin of TAUTOLOGY

Late Latin tautologia, from Greek, from tautologos
First Known Use: 1574

Other Philosophy Terms

dialectic, dualism, epistemology, existentialism, metaphysics, ontology, sequitur, solipsism, transcendentalism

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