surplusage

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noun sur·plus·age \-(ˌ)plə-sij\

Definition of surplusage

  1. 1 :  surplus 1a

  2. 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

  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


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surplusage

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noun sur·plus·age \ˈsər-ˌplə-sij\

Legal Definition of surplusage

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


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