re·​dun·​dant | \ ri-ˈdən-dənt How to pronounce redundant (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web Newcastle’s neoclassical Theatre Royal is making half of its 100 permanent staff redundant; most of the rest will be put on retainers. The Economist, "Paying for the arts A bailout for Britain’s theatres," 11 July 2020 News organizations that once thrived on market competition—sometimes to redundant effect—have found power in partnering with each other for both the work of investigative reporting and the distribution of the results. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "The National Emergency at Your Doorstep," 11 July 2020 The Building Owners and Managers Association of San Francisco wrote in a letter to legislators that the ordinance was redundant given state guidelines, and that office owners can’t afford the additional cleaning. Anna Kramer,, "SF has nation’s strictest hotel and office cleaning rules. Not everyone’s happy," 11 July 2020 This demand is being seen the most in the retail e-commerce space, where even the existing professionals will need to re-skill to avoid becoming redundant. Sankar Bora, Quartz India, "The new normal has opened up new job roles in the Indian e-commerce industry," 2 July 2020 The more redundant your contacts, the less likely that the infection will spread outside or into your group. USA Today, "Why social bubbles work to curb viruses and protect the population," 2 July 2020 But with Triso fuel, these safety features are redundant, since each particle is effectively wrapped in a control rod. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "Nuclear ‘Power Balls’ May Make Meltdowns a Thing of the Past," 30 June 2020 Investors have become very good at noticing any fat in every system and swooping down to monetize those redundant assets. Quartz Staff, Quartz, "Bruce Schneier says we need to embrace inefficiency to save our economy," 30 June 2020 Microsoft’s finally taking action to clear Windows of some of its redundant software. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft is getting rid of one version of Skype," 23 June 2020

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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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The first known use of redundant was in 1594

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2 Aug 2020

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“Redundant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of redundant

: repeating something else and therefore unnecessary
technical 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
British : dismissed from a job because you are no longer needed


re·​dun·​dant | \ ri-ˈdən-dənt How to pronounce redundant (audio) \

Medical Definition of redundant

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

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