- 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.
- (of a structural member) not necessary for resisting statically determined stresses.
- (of a structure) having members designed to resist other than statically determined stresses; hyperstatic.
- noting a complete truss having additional members for resisting eccentric loads.Compare 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.
- 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.
Origin of redundant
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Examples from the Web for redundant
On some issues, Puck was so mired in its own times that the commentary is redundant.The Magazine That Made—and Unmade—Politicians
November 2, 2014
The sheer amount of redundant bureaucracy needs to be eliminated.America’s Advanced Stealth Jet Flies on 1990s Tech
October 1, 2014
Overall, The Judge wants to be insightful and funny and sad, but it instead ends up being clichéd and redundant.Robert Downey Jr. Just Made the Year’s Sappiest Flick
September 5, 2014
It almost seems that an “official” investigation will be redundant.MH17 Is the World’s First Open-Source Air Crash Investigation
July 22, 2014
The debt ceiling is pointless, redundant, and a threat to our constitutional order.It's Time to Kill the Debt Limit
February 13, 2014
Its attributes of youth are the activity and eager life with which it is redundant.Sketches from Memory
And this rosiness, so like redundant vigor, was it not the flush of her hot task?Dr. Sevier
George W. Cable
Nor is the term Olympus as applied to these hills a redundant flight of fancy.Legends of Wailuku
The neck of the flap is sure to be redundant and prominent, but can be pared.A Manual of the Operations of Surgery
The redundant use of the personal pronoun with the relative is common.History of Phoenicia
- 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
Word Origin and History for redundant
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.