Definition of surplusage
1 : surplus 1a
2a : excessive or nonessential matterb : matter introduced in legal pleading which is not necessary or relevant to the case
Examples of surplusage in a Sentence
a mall with a surplusage of stores all selling the same lines of clothing
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Legal Definition of surplusage
: excessive or nonessential matter; especially : matter contained in a pleading that is unnecessary or irrelevant
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