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 But drivers who are already paying for liability coverage will likely see their costs reduced because they will no longer be required to buy the $10,000 PIP policy, which is considered redundant for motorists who already have health insurance. Ron Hurtibise,, 3 May 2021 Republican leaders had urged their members to vote no on the bill, saying that existing committees have the necessary authority to investigate the attack, and that a new committee would be redundant and a distraction. Sarah D. Wire, Los Angeles Times, 30 June 2021 By such standards, the function of a place like Treehouse in a city like L.A. ought to be redundant. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, 28 June 2021 Additionally, many SaaS tools are not and cannot be redundant. Mehdi Daoudi, Forbes, 25 June 2021 In the late 1950s, the company waited five years to install a new kind of film-emulsion coating machine so that workers who would have been made redundant could first reach retirement age and move gracefully on to pension payments. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, 16 June 2021 Powell is certainly redundant given that the Blazers have Lillard and McCollum. oregonlive, 4 June 2021 Total looks were made redundant by social media; Michele understands that. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, 13 May 2021 For that, he got bombarded with hate tweets, which seems redundant, as well as being ignorant and hurtful. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 25 Mar. 2021

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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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“Redundant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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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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