re·​dun·​dan·​cy | \ ri-ˈdən-dən(t)-sē How to pronounce redundancy (audio) \
plural redundancies

Definition of redundancy

1a : the quality or state of being redundant : superfluity
b : the use of redundant components also : such components
c chiefly British : dismissal from a job especially by layoff
3a : superfluous repetition : prolixity
b : an act or instance of needless repetition
4 : the part of a message that can be eliminated without loss of essential information

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Redundancy, closely related to redound, has stayed close to the original meaning of "overflow" or "more than necessary". Avoiding redundancy is one of the prime rules of good writing. ""In the modern world of today" contains a redundancy; so does "He died of fatal wounds" and "For the mutual benefit of both parties". But redundancy doesn't just occur in language. "Data redundancy" means keeping the same computer data in more than one place as a safety measure, and a backup system in an airplane may provide redundancy, again for the sake of safety.

Examples of redundancy in a Sentence

Avoid redundancy in your writing. Try to avoid using redundancies in your writing. The design incorporates several redundancies. a system with a high level of redundancy The restructuring is expected to result in the redundancy of several hundred workers. The workers are now facing redundancy. See More
Recent Examples on the Web But in spite of Kathleen's lucrative salary, the Peterson family had reportedly gotten itself into dire straits, with the matriarch fearing redundancy at her workplace. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, 16 May 2022 Misplacing a hardware wallet is easy, but this threat can be mitigated with redundancy, backups, and inheritance planning. Jameson Lopp, Forbes, 17 Oct. 2021 These systems can also tie together information from multiple touchpoints and channels (e.g., chat, text, phone, web) to mitigate redundancy and error, while reducing customer friction. Gaurav Tewari, Forbes, 10 June 2022 Running fewer, larger manufacturing plants is more cost-efficient than having more, smaller plants around the country, even if that redundancy would reduce the risk of catastrophic shortages. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 14 May 2022 Her team set up a system with triple redundancy, beefing up the architecture, separating the customer experience process from the order fulfillment, and caching data multiple times in the process. Steven Levy, Wired, 28 Jan. 2022 The problem is there just isn’t much redundancy in U.S. infant formula production. Steven A. Abrams, Chron, 12 May 2022 But on a roster loaded with wings, his skill set is no redundancy and is why the Clippers coveted him ahead of the trade deadline. Andrew Greifstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 7 Apr. 2022 Hence, perhaps, that feeling of deflation at the heavily determined backstory, that feeling of our own redundancy, the squandering of our intuition. Parul Sehgal, The New Yorker, 27 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of redundancy

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Redundancy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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