What makes a word redundant


[ ri-duhn-duhnt ]

/ rɪˈdʌn dənt /



characterized by verbosity or unnecessary repetition in expressing ideas; prolix: a redundant style.

being in excess; exceeding what is usual or natural: a redundant part.

having some unusual or extra part or feature.

characterized by superabundance or superfluity: lush, redundant vegetation.

  1. (of a structural member) not necessary for resisting statically determined stresses.
  2. (of a structure) having members designed to resist other than statically determined stresses; hyperstatic.
  3. noting a complete truss having additional members for resisting eccentric loads.Compare complete(def 8), incomplete(def 3).
  4. (of a device, circuit, computer system, etc.) having excess or duplicate parts that can continue to perform in the event of malfunction of some of the parts.

Linguistics. characterized by redundancy; predictable.

Computers. containing more bits or characters than are required, as a parity bit inserted for checking purposes.

Chiefly British. removed or laid off from a job.

Words nearby redundant

reductivism, reductor, redundancy, redundancy pay, redundancy payment, redundant, redupl., reduplicate, reduplication, reduplicative, reduviid

Origin of redundant

1595–1605; < Latinredundant- (stem of redundāns), present participle of redundāre to flow back, overflow, be excessive. See redound, -ant


re·dun·dant·ly, adverb

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Examples from the Web for redundant

  • The debt ceiling is pointless, redundant, and a threat to our constitutional order.

    It's Time to Kill the Debt Limit|Jamelle Bouie|February 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • Then, valuable as dialogue is, it may be redundant, and make a play "flabby."

    The Black Cat|John Todhunter

  • The neck of the flap is sure to be redundant and prominent, but can be pared.

    A Manual of the Operations of Surgery|Joseph Bell

  • Thus, I am inclined to regard the 46 reported instances of death from this cause as a redundant estimate.

    Parasites|T. Spencer Cobbold

  • His academical career gave sufficient, though not redundant, promise of after celebrity.

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  • Nature has been bountiful to that island, for there is redundant verdure on every side.

    Shifting Winds|R.M. Ballantyne

British Dictionary definitions for redundant



surplus to requirements; unnecessary or superfluous

verbose or tautological

deprived of one's job because it is no longer necessary for efficient operationhe has been made redundant

(of components, information, etc) duplicated or added as a precaution against failure, error, etc

Derived forms of redundant

redundantly, adverb

Word Origin for redundant

C17: from Latin redundans overflowing, from redundāre to run back, stream over; see redound

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Words related to redundant

superfluous, unnecessary, bombastic, diffuse, extra, extravagant, inordinate, long-winded, loquacious, oratorical, padded, prolix, spare, supernumerary, surplus, tautological, unwanted, verbose, wordy, inessential