Definition of tautology
1a : needless repetition of an idea, statement, or wordb : an instance of tautology
2 : a tautological statement
Examples of tautology in a Sentence
“A beginner who has just started” is a tautology.
Recent Examples of tautology from the Web
Forgive the tautology, but such is the nature of what was once considered a premium position.
What’s more important is the ongoing tautology at the heart of the warrantless wiretapping controversy.
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Origin and Etymology of tautology
Late Latin tautologia, from Greek, from tautologos
First Known Use: 1566See Words from the same year
TAUTOLOGY Defined for English Language Learners
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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