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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web In-office business structures continue to promote siloed and redundant departments and functions without any cross-pollination between teams. Kerem Koca, Forbes, 17 Aug. 2022 Moving Talen Horton-Tucker, a player whose ball-dominant skills are viewed by rival scouts as being redundant with the Lakers’ stars, could be a way to upgrade to suit the Lakers’ needs. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 29 June 2022 Opponents argue the bill is redundant or hamstrings state efforts to curtail bad doctors peddling quack remedies to desperate patients. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, 23 Feb. 2022 That’s something Jackson says on camera more than once over the course of this drab and redundant docuseries. Washington Post, 31 Jan. 2022 Immune responses are layered and redundant; where one squadron falters, another can swoop in to help. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 14 Dec. 2021 Besides that, she’d been increasingly unnerved by a confusing series of benefit statements from the plan that were out-of-date, redundant or just plain wrong. oregonlive, 9 Oct. 2021 This is the organism’s source code, durable and redundant. Christof Koch, Scientific American, 6 Oct. 2021 The language of these listings could be described as Amazonglish: awkward but basically intelligible, redundant but highly searchable. Peter Hessler, The New Yorker, 8 Mar. 2021 See More

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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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20 Sep 2022

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“Redundant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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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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