[ soo-pur-floo-uhs ]
/ sʊˈpɜr flu əs /
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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
OTHER WORDS FROM superfluous
su·per·flu·ous·ly, adverbsu·per·flu·ous·ness, nounun·su·per·flu·ous, adjectiveun·su·per·flu·ous·ly, adverb
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How to use superfluous in a sentence
What superfluousness, indeed, could there be in intelligence, unless its conceptions resemble imperfect productions?Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 3|Plotinos (Plotinus)
But she enjoyed the consciousness of knowing more than he did; she even forgave him his superfluousness.
Only some thirty arid summers had he seen; those summers had dried up all his physical superfluousness.Moby Dick; or The Whale|Herman Melville
I sat waiting on the terrace, while William Adolphus wandered about in a state of conscious and wretched superfluousness.The King's Mirror|Anthony Hope
Sister Maria Joseph, recognising with trembling her superfluousness, withdrew.
British Dictionary definitions for superfluous
/ (suːˈpɜːflʊəs) /
exceeding what is sufficient or required
not necessary or relevant; uncalled-for
obsolete extravagant in expenditure or oversupplied with possessions
Derived forms of superfluoussuperfluously, adverbsuperfluousness, noun
Word Origin for superfluous
C15: from Latin superfluus overflowing, from super- + fluere to flow
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