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 At other times, however, the technique — which points toward a parallel career as an installation — seems redundant, gimmicky or distracting: in the second half, there are long stretches where one side of the screen isn't used at all. Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Year of the Discovery' ('El ano del descubrimiento'): Film Review | Rotterdam 2020," 26 Jan. 2020 Our server steered us toward a side dish of crab fried rice side ($16), which seemed redundant considering the fish came with rice. Michael Mayo,, "Review: International Smoke in Aventura is a big-name, big-time disappointment," 14 Nov. 2019 Including Salem in a listing of Halloween activities seems almost redundant., "Including Salem in a listing of Halloween activities seems almost redundant. With its nickname — The Witch City — and its many shops devoted to witchcraft and paranormal phenomena, it can feel like Halloween all year long in Salem.," 10 Oct. 2019 Three kinds of sugar in one recipe may seem redundant, but each of these sugars has a specialty. Ali Bouzari,, "The molecular science behind a Larkspur shop’s blueberry ice cream," 27 Sep. 2019 Fewer wolves and bandits meant less demand for dogs for protection; the internal-combustion engine made horses redundant; modern sanitation kept rats in check and made cats less useful. The Economist, "Pets have gained the upper paw over their so-called owners," 22 June 2019 Girotra of Cornell Tech said the U.S. supply chain is robust and redundant, and food and other necessities will still be available, although maybe not one’s favorite brand. Shwanika Narayan,, "What to expect at Bay Area grocery stores this weekend: Don’t panic!," 6 Mar. 2020 These devices, which help to unfurl the sunshield of the spacecraft, are supposed to be electrically redundant, but only one of the two mechanisms used to fire the actuator worked during the test. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Report: Webb telescope has just a 12 percent chance of making launch date," 29 Jan. 2020 Sorry to sound redundant, but dry-firing is the magic pill for most shooting mistakes. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, "Top 5 Shooting Mistakes Hunters Make (And How to Fix Them)," 26 Apr. 2017

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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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16 May 2020

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“Redundant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 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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