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
Yolanda was always provided with a youth from juvenile detention to fresh-cut the stumps, which seemed to Henry quite redundant, as far as the tree was concerned.
That decision essentially became redundant once Gawker filed for bankruptcy.
An onerous 15 percent sales tax usually makes shopping redundant here, but the current exchange rate has altered the math.
(97.5 had been simulcasting R&B station Majic 107.5 but 90 percent of listeners were listening on 107.5, rendering the simulcast more redundant than complementary.)
And adding guns to an Eagles game in Philadelphia seems in its potential for extracurricular violence strangely redundant.
But Frisoni could see that, with some deft manipulation of floor heights, stately spaces could be created, and that the redundant secondary staircase—which effectively blocked views in both directions—could be done away with.
Which makes the new version seem a little redundant, except for its thematic branding, aimed at a certain food-loving type.
As Justice Ginsberg points out, this requirement is somewhat redundant, Title VII already requires the city to show problems with a practice beyond mere disparate impact.
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Origin and Etymology of redundant
Latin redundant-, redundans, present participle of redundare to overflow — more at redound
First Known Use: 1594
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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