sur·​plus·​age | \ ˈsər-(ˌ)plə-sij How to pronounce surplusage (audio) \

Definition of surplusage

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

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Examples of surplusage in a Sentence

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

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In everyday speech, in legal texts and even in translations of Genesis, one person’s surplusage may be another person’s way of dealing with inevitable trade-offs between clarity and concision. Sam Bray, Washington Post, "Translating Genesis: double translation," 25 June 2017

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First Known Use of surplusage

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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sur·​plus·​age | \ ˈsər-ˌplə-sij How to pronounce surplusage (audio) \

Legal Definition of surplusage

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

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to make a temporary encampment

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