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re•dun•dan•cy /rɪˈdʌndənsi/USA pronunciation   n., pl.  -cies. 
  • [uncountable] the state of being redundant, esp. the use of too many words or repetition in expressing ideas.
    1. [countable] the use of additional or extra systems as a backup to a main part.
    2. [Chiefly Brit.]
      • [uncountable] the condition of being laid off from one's work or job.
      • [countable] an act or instance of being laid off.

    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
    re•dun•dan•cy  (ri dundən sē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -cies. 
    1. the state of being redundant.
    2. superfluous repetition or overlapping, esp. of words.
    3. a redundant thing, part, or amount;
    4. the provision of additional or duplicate systems, equipment, etc., that function in case an operating part or system fails, as in a spacecraft.
    5. Linguistics
      • the inclusion of more information than is necessary for communication, as in those cars, where both words are marked for plurality.
      • the additional, predictable information so included.
      • the degree of predictability thereby created.
    6. British Terms[Chiefly Brit.]
      • the condition or fact of being unemployed;
      • a layoff.
    Also,  re•dundance. 
    • Latin redundantia an overflowing, excess, derivative of redundāns redundant; see -ancy
    • 1595–1605

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    redundancy /rɪˈdʌndənsɪ/ n ( pl -cies)
    1. the state or condition of being redundant or superfluous, esp superfluous in one's job
    2. (as modifier): a redundancy payment
    3. excessive proliferation or profusion, esp of superfluity

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