[ soo-per-uh-rog-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ ˌsu pər əˈrɒg əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /


going beyond the requirements of duty.
greater than that required or needed; superfluous.

Nearby words

  1. superelevation,
  2. supereminent,
  3. superencipher,
  4. supererogate,
  5. supererogation,
  6. superette,
  7. superexcitation,
  8. superfamily,
  9. superfecta,
  10. superfecundation

Origin of supererogatory

From the Medieval Latin word superērogātōrius, dating back to 1585–95. See supererogate, -tory1

Related formssu·per·e·rog·a·to·ri·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for supererogatory


/ (ˌsuːpərɛˈrɒɡətərɪ, -trɪ) /


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
Derived Formssupererogatorily, adverb

Word Origin for supererogatory

C16: from Medieval Latin superērogātōrius; see supererogate

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