- going beyond the requirements of duty.
- greater than that required or needed; superfluous.
Origin of supererogatory
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Examples from the Web for supererogatory
When I saw him last, the process would not have been so supererogatory.
To some it may seem unwelcome, to others redundant and supererogatory.Second Sight
With the boys this would have been supererogatory, as they were quite naked.Frank Mildmay
Captain Frederick Marryat
What supererogatory marks of special hospitality did the host show his guest?Ulysses
Where merits are equal, the supererogatory decides the contest.Java, Facts and Fancies
Augusta de Wit
- performed to an extent exceeding that required or expected
- exceeding what is needed; superfluous
- RC Church of, characterizing, or relating to prayers, good works, etc, performed over and above those prescribed as obligatory
C16: from Medieval Latin superērogātōrius; see supererogate
Word Origin and History for supererogatory
1590s, from Medieval Latin supererogatorius, from supererogat-, stem of supererogare (see supererogation).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper