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[sur-pluhs-ij] /ˈsɜr plʌs ɪdʒ/
something that is surplus; an excess amount.
an excess of words.
Origin of surplusage
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1375-1425; See origin at surplus, -age Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • This was the mere wantonness and surplusage of abundant labour.

    The British Expedition to the Crimea William Howard Russell
  • But it is precisely this surplusage which has not cognitive status.

  • In the third place, surplusage is necessary for the operation of the signifying function.

  • Well, it is just like I said, it is surplusage to begin with.

    Warren Commission (5 of 26): Hearings Vol. V (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • After having said so much, Harry probably felt that the rest of his letter would be surplusage.

    The Claverings Anthony Trollope
  • In so far forth, they express the surplusage of vitality over need, the creative freedom of life at play.

    Creative Intelligence John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen
  • surplusage is no error, and one can hardly complain because one gets two plays for the price of one.

  • Yesterday you gave us surplusage when you shot up three men in Noches.

    Mavericks William MacLeod Raine
  • And the producer cannot afford to keep this surplusage, because he has fixed charges to pay.

  • That out of her danger had resulted the engagement Diane had hoped for was surplusage of good luck.

    The Yukon Trail William MacLeod Raine
British Dictionary definitions for surplusage


(law) (in pleading, etc) irrelevant matter, such as a superfluous allegation
an excess of words
a less common word for surplus
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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