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[soo-per-uh-rog-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
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  1. going beyond the requirements of duty.
  2. greater than that required or needed; superfluous.
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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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Examples from the Web for supererogatory

Historical Examples

  • When I saw him last, the process would not have been so supererogatory.

    Cornelius O'Dowd Upon Men And Women And Other Things In General

    Charles Lever

  • 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?


    James Joyce

  • Where merits are equal, the supererogatory decides the contest.

British Dictionary definitions for supererogatory


  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
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Derived Formssupererogatorily, adverb

Word Origin

C16: from Medieval Latin superērogātōrius; see supererogate
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Word Origin and History for supererogatory


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

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