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superfluous

[ soo-pur-floo-uhs ]
/ sʊˈpɜr flu əs /
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adjective
being more than is sufficient or required; excessive.
unnecessary or needless.
Obsolete. possessing or spending more than enough or necessary; extravagant.
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Origin of superfluous

1400–50; late Middle English <Latin superfluus, equivalent to super-super- + flu- (stem of fluere to flow) + -us-ous

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British Dictionary definitions for superfluous

superfluous
/ (suːˈpɜːflʊəs) /

adjective
exceeding what is sufficient or required
not necessary or relevant; uncalled-for
obsolete extravagant in expenditure or oversupplied with possessions

Derived forms of superfluous

superfluously, adverbsuperfluousness, noun

Word Origin for superfluous

C15: from Latin superfluus overflowing, from super- + fluere to flow
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