supererogatory

[soo-per-uh-rog-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
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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
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supererogatory

adjective
  1. performed to an extent exceeding that required or expected
  2. exceeding what is needed; superfluous
  3. 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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Word Origin and History for supererogatory
adj.

1590s, from Medieval Latin supererogatorius, from supererogat-, stem of supererogare (see supererogation).

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