[ tawt-l-oj-i-kuhl ]
/ ˌtɔt lˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl /
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(of a phrase) needlessly repetitive without adding information or clarity:Third-world communist regimes, with tautological insistence, call themselves "people's democracies."
(especially in logic) defined in terms of itself:Some would argue that the phrase ''survival of the fittest'' is tautological, in that the fittest are defined as those that survive to reproduce.
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Also tau·tol·o·gous [taw-tol-uh-guhs] /tɔˈtɒl ə gəs/ . Sometimes tau·to·log·ic [tawt-l-oj-ik] /ˌtɔt lˈɒdʒ ɪk/ .
Origin of tautological
OTHER WORDS FROM tautological
tau·to·log·i·cal·ly, tau·tol·o·gous·ly, adverbnon·tau·to·log·i·cal, adjectivenon·tau·to·log·i·cal·ly, adverbun·tau·to·log·i·cal, adjective
Words nearby tautological
Tautavel man, tauted, tauten, tauto-, tautog, tautological, tautologism, tautologize, tautology, tautomer, tautomerism
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How to use tautological in a sentence
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|Michael Tomasky|December 27, 2011|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
There is the tautological talker, or the human self-repeater.Talks on Talking|Grenville Kleiser
It is called vulgar in English; and indeed the addition of here or there is generally tautological.Dissertation on the English Language|Noah Webster, Jr.
But the painter sometimes signed his name Franciscus Francia, a form which on Morelli's hypothesis would be tautological.
Therefore they give to the world the wholly vacuous, or merely tautological theory of causation—viz.Thoughts on Religion|George John Romanes
But at once we perceive that this is a tautological expression, for what I please to do is simply what I choose.Parallel Paths|Thomas William Rolleston