noun, plural tau·tol·o·gies.
- a compound propositional form all of whose instances are true, as “A or not A.”
- an instance of such a form, as “This candidate will win or will not win.”
Origin of tautology
Examples from the Web for tautological
Contemporary Examples of tautological
A tautological sentence, perhaps, but one that nevertheless needs to be repeated and understood.Michael Tomasky: Why Mitt Romney’s Opportunity Tack Won’t Work
December 27, 2011
The tautological blame always comes back to the claim that frivolous or even fraudulent lawsuits are commonplace.Scalding Takedown on Tort Reform
Gerald L. Shargel
June 24, 2011
Historical Examples of tautological
I never copy what I write to you, so I may be often tautological, or perhaps contradictory.The Letters of Robert Burns
The catalogue should complement the arrangement on the shelves, and not be tautological.The Private Library
Arthur L. Humphreys
The exuberant expression is not tautological, but emotional.The Expositor's Bible: The Psalms, Vol. 2
In truth, the statement that substance is permanent, is tautological.The Critique of Pure Reason
The only point on which remark open to criticism is that it is tautological.
noun plural -gies
Word Origin for tautology
1570s, from Late Latin tautologia "representation of the same thing," from Greek tautologia, from tautologos "repeating what has been said," from tauto "the same" + -logos "saying," related to legein "to say" (see lecture (n.)).