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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Definitions for tautological

  1. unnecessarily or uselessly repetitive

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Citations for tautological
Perhaps the very term novel of ideas is tautological, for what novel is barren of ideas, unshaped by ideas? Joyce Carol Oates, New York Times
It may sound tautological to suggest that he wrote historically, because that was the way his culture had taught him to think, but that is the case nonetheless. Donald Harman Akenson, Surpassing Wonder
Origin of tautological
1570-1580
by 1620 from tautologic, from Late Latin tautologia "representation of the same thing", from Greek tautologia, from tautologos "repeating what has been said," from tauto "the same" + -logos "saying," related to legein "to say"