Definition of redundant
1a : exceeding what is necessary or normal : superfluousb : characterized by or containing an excess; specifically : using more words than necessaryc : characterized by similarity or repetition a group of particularly redundant brick buildingsd chiefly British : no longer needed for a job and hence laid off
3 : serving as a duplicate for preventing failure of an entire system (such as a spacecraft) upon failure of a single component
Examples of redundant in a Sentence
The drone had originally been designed to go places the Blackbird could not, but it had become redundant on discovery of the fact that there was nowhere the SR-71 could not go in safety … —Tom Clancy, The Cardinal of the Kremlin, 1989
Undoubtedly in ninety-nine cases out of a hundred a witness to an occurrence is someone who has seen it. Therefore, some editors have said, eyewitness is a redundant word and it should be consigned to the dustbin. —Theodore M. Bernstein, Mrs. Thistlebottom's Hobgoblins, 1971
There they sat, grounded upon the ground, silent, uncomplaining, with bowed heads, a pathetic sight. And by hideous contrast, a redundant orator was making a speech to another gathering not thirty steps away … —Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, 1889
He edited the paper and removed any redundant information or statements.
Avoid redundant expressions in your writing.
Some people say that since all adages are old, the phrase “old adage” is redundant.
Recent Examples of redundant from the Web
The Downtown office is one of four worldwide locations designed to consolidate redundant back office functions for GE's industrial units.
The complete heartlessness of some species of sea spider is, presumably, a result of gut peristalsis taking over the oxygen-distribution job entirely, rendering that organ redundant.
The Nuggets move on because—nothing againat Gallo—Millsap is the better player with the less redundant game.
To comment about a Cage performance in one of these check-cashing roles seems by now redundant.
Both units are controlled by a rotary knob surrounded by redundant buttons on the center console.
One need not be a constitutional scholar to understand that requiring electors to vote for a specific candidate renders the electors superfluous, pointless and redundant.
A codon that specifies the same thing as another codon is redundant.
Because of the multiple redundant systems on aircraft, airplane accidents are almost always the result of a series of mishaps, any one of which would not alone have caused the accident.
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REDUNDANT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of redundant for English Language Learners
: repeating something else and therefore unnecessary
—used to describe part of a machine, system, etc., that has the same function as another part and that exists so that the entire machine, system, etc., will not fail if the main part fails
: dismissed from a job because you are no longer needed
Medical Definition of redundant
: characterized by or containing an excess or superfluous amount redundant pharyngeal tissue
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