redundant


redundant

adjective

  1. characterized by verbosity or unnecessary repetition in expressing ideas; prolix: a redundant style.
  2. being in excess; exceeding what is usual or natural: a redundant part.
  3. having some unusual or extra part or feature.
  4. characterized by superabundance or superfluity: lush, redundant vegetation.
  5. Engineering.
    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.
  6. Linguistics. characterized by redundancy; predictable.
  7. Computers. containing more bits or characters than are required, as a parity bit inserted for checking purposes.
  8. Chiefly British. removed or laid off from a job.

adjective

  1. surplus to requirements; unnecessary or superfluous
  2. verbose or tautological
  3. deprived of one’s job because it is no longer necessary for efficient operationhe has been made redundant
  4. (of components, information, etc) duplicated or added as a precaution against failure, error, etc
adj.

1590s, from Latin redundantem (nominative redundans), present participle of redundare, literally “overflow, pour over; be over-full;” figuratively “be in excess,” from re- “again” (see re-) + undare “rise in waves,” from unda “a wave” (see water (n.1)). Of persons, in employment situations, from 1928, chiefly British. Related: Redundantly.

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