supererogatory

adjective
su·per·erog·a·to·ry | \ˌsü-pər-i-ˈrä-gə-ˌtȯr-ē \

Definition of supererogatory 

1 : 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

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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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