surplusage

noun sur·plus·age \ ˈsər-(ˌ)plə-sij \

Definition of surplusage

1 : surplus 1a
2 a : excessive or nonessential matter
b : matter introduced in legal pleading which is not necessary or relevant to the case

Examples of surplusage in a Sentence

  1. a mall with a surplusage of stores all selling the same lines of clothing

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First Known Use of surplusage

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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surplusage

noun sur·plus·age \ ˈsər-ˌplə-sij \

legal Definition of surplusage

: excessive or nonessential matter; especially : matter contained in a pleading that is unnecessary or irrelevant

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