being more than is sufficient or required; excessive.
unnecessary or needless.
Obsolete. possessing or spending more than enough or necessary; extravagant.
Origin of superfluous
1400–50; late Middle EnglishRelated formssu·per·flu·ous·ly, adverbsu·per·flu·ous·ness, nounun·su·per·flu·ous, adjectiveun·su·per·flu·ous·ly, adverbun·su·per·flu·ous·ness, noun
< Latin superfluus,
equivalent to super- super-
(stem of fluere
to flow) + -us -ous
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Historical Examples of superfluousness
These Associations demonstrate the superfluousness of trade in a differently organized society.
But she enjoyed the consciousness of knowing more than he did; she even forgave him his superfluousness.
What superfluousness, indeed, could there be in intelligence, unless its conceptions resemble imperfect productions?
Sister Maria Joseph, recognising with trembling her superfluousness, withdrew.
British Dictionary definitions for superfluousness
Derived Formssuperfluously, adverbsuperfluousness, noun
exceeding what is sufficient or required
not necessary or relevant; uncalled-for
obsolete extravagant in expenditure or oversupplied with possessions
Word Origin for superfluous
C15: from Latin superfluus overflowing, from super- + fluere to flow
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Word Origin and History for superfluousness
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).
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