Origin of superfluous
Examples from the Web for superfluous
Borges adds: “He remarked that for a man so equipped, actual travel was superfluous.”Is Dave Eggers’ ‘The Circle’ Our Generation’s ‘1984’?|Stefan Beck|October 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The device of reconstructing internal dialogues sometimes feels a bit forced or superfluous.Seeking Reconciliation with a Terrorist: A Jewish Journey|Lisa Goldman|September 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Going broke working off the books, Nabil listened to a friend who told him that in Afghanistan, papers were superfluous.
The present is superfluous: everything has already been ordained.
Just two weeks ago, the experts were saying the Seoul summit would be superfluous as there was nothing left to decide.
If the older form were Gaelic, the substitution, or translation, would have been superfluous.A Handbook of the English Language|Robert Gordon Latham
The plant is so well known that further description would be superfluous.The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines|T. H. Pardo de Tavera
I honestly feared that I might prove the superfluous veteran who has no business behind the footlights.Life of Oliver Wendell Holmes|E. E. Brown
There is no longer need to fear that the cold will come through them, and the animal gives itself no superfluous trouble.The Industries of Animals|Frdric Houssay
I did so, as I mentioned at the time, in deference to general opinion, for many would call it superfluous breaking.Dog Breaking|William Nelson Hutchinson
Word Origin for superfluous
early 15c. (earlier superflue, late 14c.), from Latin superfluus "unnecessary," literally "overflowing," from superfluere "to overflow," from super "over" (see super-) + fluere "to flow" (see fluent).