tautology

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noun tau·tol·o·gy \tȯ-ˈtä-lə-jē\

Definition of tautology

plural

tautologies

  1. 1a :  needless repetition of an idea, statement, or wordb :  an instance of tautology

  2. 2 :  a tautologous statement

Examples of tautology in a sentence

  1. A beginner who has just started is a tautology.

Origin and Etymology of tautology

Late Latin tautologia, from Greek, from tautologos


First Known Use: 1574


TAUTOLOGY Defined for English Language Learners

tautology

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noun tau·tol·o·gy \tȯ-ˈtä-lə-jē\

Definition of tautology for English Language Learners

  • : a statement in which you repeat a word, idea, etc., in a way that is not necessary


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