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 There is no room for fraudulent sellers on any e-commerce platform and, as such, warning systems are redundant in tackling the issue. Bartosz Skwarczek, Forbes, "As E-Commerce Booms, We Cannot Lose Sight Of Security," 5 May 2021 Passover in a pandemic year feels a bit, well, redundant. Allison Hope, CNN, "Lessons from Bubbe for this pandemic Passover," 27 Mar. 2021 Republicans, and some Democrats, complained that the report was redundant in identifying the pipelaying ship Fortuna and its owner, KVT-RUS. Matthew Lee, ajc, "Biden's Russia credentials questioned over European pipeline," 9 Mar. 2021 In Germany, more than 7% of manufacturing staff were on furlough in February, even though production has almost returned to its precrisis level, suggesting that some furloughed workers may be redundant in future. Tom Fairless, WSJ, "U.S. Set to Power Global Economic Recovery From Covid-19," 7 Mar. 2021 The big decision is what to do with out-of-options Ronald Guzman, an above-average defensive first baseman who was made redundant by the acquisition of Lowe from Tampa Bay. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "Rangers 2021 spring training player breakdown, opening day roster projection version 2.0," 6 Mar. 2021 Uninterrupted power supply will be delivered by quad-redundant battery packs. Daniel Bachmann, Robb Report, "This New 8-Seat Electric Airplane Costs 80% Less to Fly Than Conventional Aircraft," 26 Apr. 2021 The trick is to delete redundant photos without losing the original image safely. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "7 useful tools for a quick and easy digital spring cleaning," 22 Apr. 2021 So many redundant white-collar workers, so many unpaid student loan bills. Ryann Liebenthal, The New Republic, "The Long Fight to Cancel Student Loans," 19 Apr. 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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11 May 2021

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“Redundant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 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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