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re•dun•dant /rɪˈdʌndənt/USA pronunciation
adj. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- exceeding what is usual or necessary, esp., having or showing too many words or unnecessary repetition in expressing ideas:It is redundant to say "The giant is big.''
- (of a system, equipment, etc.) supplied as a backup in case of the failure of a main part, as in a spacecraft.
- British Terms[Chiefly Brit.]being laid off from employment.
(ri dun′dənt),USA pronunciation adj.
- 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.
- Civil Engineering[Engin.]
- (of a structural member) not necessary for resisting statically determined stresses.
- (of a structure) having members designed to resist other than statically determined stresses;
- noting a complete truss having additional members for resisting eccentric loads. Cf. complete (def. 8), incomplete (def. 3).
- (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.
- Linguisticscharacterized by redundancy;
- Computingcontaining more bits or characters than are required, as a parity bit inserted for checking purposes.
- British Terms[Chiefly Brit.]removed or laid off from a job.
- Latin redundant- (stem of redundāns), present participle of redundāre to flow back, overflow, be excessive. See redound, -ant
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged verbose, repetitive. See wordy.
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged excessive;
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redundant /rɪˈdʌndənt/ adj
Etymology: 17th Century: from Latin redundans overflowing, from redundāre to run back, stream over; see redoundreˈdundantly adv
- surplus to requirements; unnecessary or superfluous
- verbose or tautological
- deprived of one's job because it is no longer necessary for efficient operation
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