su·​per·​erog·​a·​to·​ry ˌsü-pər-i-ˈrä-gə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce supererogatory (audio)
: observed or performed to an extent not enjoined or required

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, 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, 12 Dec. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1549, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of supererogatory was in 1549

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“Supererogatory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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