re·dun·dant | \ri-ˈdən-dənt \

Definition of redundant 

1a : exceeding what is necessary or normal : superfluous

b : characterized by or containing an excess specifically : using more words than necessary

c : characterized by similarity or repetition a group of particularly redundant brick buildings

d 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

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Other Words from redundant

redundantly adverb

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.
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Unfortunately for Jankowski, his skillset is somewhat redundant next to Margot’s. Dennis Lin,, "Padres mailbag: Has the timeline for contention budged?," 28 Aug. 2017 Repetitive but not redundant, the mixtape’s third single casts Ty as a generous lover in both the bedroom and the glitzy boutiques of Rodeo Drive. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Ty Dolla $ign Isn’t Just a Feature Artist, He’s a Star," 2 July 2018 Everyone enjoys a good Netflix binge for a few bucks a month and it's become almost redundant to talk about getting ripped off subscribing to cable. The Sacramento Bee Editorial Board, sacbee, "The fight for net neutrality isn’t just for consumers. It’s a fight for California," 15 June 2018 The Disney-Marvel movie cycle and its various subfranchises have always been haunted by dreams of global domination — something craved by emotionally stunted supervillains and, not to be redundant, box-office-hungry studio executives. Mark Olsen,, "Indie Focus: Transformations in 'Sorry to Bother You,' 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' and 'Whitney'," 8 July 2018 Orsborn: Not to be redundant here, but the Warriors adding a fifth All-Star in Cousins for only $5.6 million was a master stroke and the biggest steal in free agency, especially after the Lakers signed LeBron James. Nick Talbot, San Antonio Express-News, "Writers’ Roundtable: How the Spurs’ and NBA free agency is shaping up," 7 July 2018 Built-in navigation has quick responses and easy-to-read graphics, although with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the navigation system and other infotainment features may be redundant. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Hyundai’s 2018 Kona small crossover starts at $19,500, offers all-wheel drive | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 19 May 2018 At the same time employment in industry grew by 36m—enough to absorb all the redundant farmers, male or female. The Economist, "Culture and the labour market keep India’s women at home," 5 July 2018 Apart from skipping the allegedly redundant brake and roll test, Tesla built a third production line in a huge tent and workers put in a lot of overtime. David Meyer, Fortune, "Tesla's Stock Stalls After a Report Says It Skipped a Brake Test to Reach Its Model 3 Production Targets," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of redundant

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for redundant

Latin redundant-, redundans, present participle of redundare to overflow — more at redound

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English Language Learners Definition of redundant

: 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


re·dun·dant | \ri-ˈdən-dənt \

Medical Definition of redundant 

: characterized by or containing an excess or superfluous amount redundant pharyngeal tissue

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