tautological

adjective
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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Other Words from tautological

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

Examples of tautological in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The formula is plain-spoken but also evasive; its tautological aspect works to push the details of the subject under discussion into the background. Mattathias Schwartz, New York Times, "The Axios Interview Showed Us an Important Threshold for the President," 19 Aug. 2020 That seems like a good example of an uninteresting, indeed a nearly tautological, proposition. Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review, "What Matters in the Constitution," 23 Apr. 2020 No one bothered to explain whether the campaign was hosting the local grassroots organization, or vice versa, because the question is mostly tautological. Alexander Zaitchik, The New Republic, "This Is How Bernie Wins," 7 Feb. 2020 His work is simply there, looming, draining, tautological. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "On Chandler Bing’s Job," 12 Sep. 2019 To some readers this may sound almost tautological, but as Gray points out, the denial of the existence of a transcendent god is not inherently a denial of religious truth, because not all religions are theistic. Christopher Beha, The New York Review of Books, "The Myth of Progress," 21 Feb. 2019 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

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First Known Use of tautological

1620, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Tautological.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tautological. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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