tau·​to·​log·​i·​cal | \ ˌtȯ-tə-ˈlä-ji-kəl How to pronounce tautological (audio) \

Definition of tautological

1 : involving or containing rhetorical tautology : redundant
2 : true by virtue of its logical form alone

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tautologically \ ˌtȯ-​tə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce tautologically (audio) \ adverb

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That may sound tautological, but a closer look at the data suggests that lower courts are using Heller to judge which claims are strong and which are weak. Joseph Blocher And Eric Ruben, Vox, "The Second Amendment allows for more gun control than you think," 14 June 2018 At the other extreme from Ford’s almost tautological approach is the claim that only proof beyond a reasonable doubt that a President committed criminal offenses can justify an impeachment. Jeffrey Toobin, The New Yorker, "Will the Fervor for Impeachment Start a Democratic Civil War?," 19 May 2018 That statement may sound tautological on the surface. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "One Guy With a Supercomputer Who's Chasing the Causes of Cancer," 19 Mar. 2018 There are countless claims like these, almost all of them unsubstantiated, tautological or otherwise self-serving. Calvin Baker, New York Times, "A Former Superagent Bets Big on a More Diverse Hollywood," 4 Oct. 2017 But his reputation is a tautological loop — and one that has proven difficult to escape. Cody Delistraty, The Cut, "Untangling the Complicated, Controversial Legacy of Sigmund Freud," 5 Sep. 2017 To serve the fans with the insights of critics by way of the corporate stewardship of the very things being criticized feels like a tautological exercise. The Editors, The Atlantic, "Oprah and Ingrid Goes West: The Week in Pop-Culture Writing," 19 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of tautological

1620, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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