- being more than is sufficient or required; excessive.
- unnecessary or needless.
- Obsolete. possessing or spending more than enough or necessary; extravagant.
Origin of superfluous
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1. extra; redundant.
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Examples from the Web for superfluous
Borges adds: “He remarked that for a man so equipped, actual travel was superfluous.”Is Dave Eggers’ ‘The Circle’ Our Generation’s ‘1984’?
October 2, 2013
The device of reconstructing internal dialogues sometimes feels a bit forced or superfluous.Seeking Reconciliation with a Terrorist: A Jewish Journey
September 11, 2013
Going broke working off the books, Nabil listened to a friend who told him that in Afghanistan, papers were superfluous.The Faces of Guantánamo
September 3, 2013
The present is superfluous: everything has already been ordained.American Dreams: “Middlesex” by Jeffrey Eugenides
November 29, 2012
Just two weeks ago, the experts were saying the Seoul summit would be superfluous as there was nothing left to decide.Showdown in Seoul
Gordon G. Chang
November 10, 2010
Of the significance of the life of this great man, it would be superfluous to speak.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
Comments on these letters would be superfluous, as they speak forcibly for themselves.Ridgeway
That is the civilized fashion; and is superfluous among savages.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
It was just as well—any further word of mine would have been superfluous.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
She was a tall, large woman, well-knit, with no superfluous flesh.Tiverton Tales
- exceeding what is sufficient or required
- not necessary or relevant; uncalled-for
- obsolete extravagant in expenditure or oversupplied with possessions
C15: from Latin superfluus overflowing, from super- + fluere to flow
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Word Origin and History for superfluous
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