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tautological

[ 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/ .

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