su·​per·​erog·​a·​to·​ry | \ ˌsü-pər-i-ˈrä-gə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce supererogatory (audio) \

Definition of supererogatory

1 : observed or performed to an extent not enjoined or required

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Examples of supererogatory in a Sentence

now that the dress code has been e-mailed to everyone and posted on our intranet site, a paper memo about it seems supererogatory
Recent Examples on the Web Precisely as Japan becomes a producer of Honda two-stroke engine motorcycles and other consumer distractions, Mishima is preoccupied with the glories of imperial Japan, revealed in the supererogatory sacrifices of its children. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Is Nationalism Curative or Fatal?," 7 Sep. 2020 These supererogatory merits were at the disposal of the pope, who could, in effect, offer them for sale. Marilynne Robinson, New Republic, "The Luther Legend," 12 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of supererogatory

1549, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Supererogatory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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