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

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 Since those programs can go bankrupt only if Congress connives for that to happen, this is a curiously tautological mandate. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2022 Limiting social media may seem impossible, or tautological. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, 22 Oct. 2021 In obesity research, this tautological logic — saying the same thing in two different ways but offering no explanation for either — was allowed to become the central dogmatic truth. Gary Taubes, STAT, 16 Sep. 2021 Another of the remarkable aspects of this history is that the fundamentally tautological nature of energy-balance thinking has been so infrequently discussed. Gary Taubes, STAT, 16 Sep. 2021 Begging the question actually means posing or answering a question in a circular or tautological manner; your conclusion is foregone. John Horgan, Scientific American, 7 Aug. 2021 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, 19 Aug. 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, 7 Feb. 2020 His work is simply there, looming, draining, tautological. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, 12 Sep. 2019 See More

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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 Aug. 2022.

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