[ taw-tol-uh-jee ]
/ tɔˈtɒl ə dʒi /
noun, plural tau·tol·o·gies.
needless repetition of an idea, especially in words other than those of the immediate context, without imparting additional force or clearness, as in “widow woman.”
an instance of such repetition.
- 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.”
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Origin of tautology
OTHER WORDS FROM tautology
tau·to·log·i·cal [tawt-l-oj-i-kuhl], /ˌtɔt lˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, tau·to·log·ic, tau·tol·o·gous [taw-tol-uh-guhs], /tɔˈtɒl ə gəs/, adjectivetau·to·log·i·cal·ly, tau·tol·o·gous·ly, adverbtau·tol·o·gist, nounnon·tau·to·log·i·cal, adjective
non·tau·to·log·i·cal·ly, adverbun·tau·to·log·i·cal, adjectiveun·tau·to·log·i·cal·ly, adverb
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH tautologyredundancy, tautology
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Example sentences from the Web for tautology
And the tautologous, useless nature of the hypothesis in the second forces the theory back to the first view.Creative Intelligence|John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen
The phrase pre-established harmony is, strictly speaking, tautologous.
British Dictionary definitions for tautology
/ (tɔːˈtɒlədʒɪ) /
noun plural -gies
the use of words that merely repeat elements of the meaning already conveyed, as in the sentence Will these supplies be adequate enough? in place of Will these supplies be adequate?
Derived forms of tautologytautological (ˌtɔːtəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), tautologic or tautologous, adjectivetautologically or tautologously, adverb
Word Origin for tautology
C16: from Late Latin tautologia, from Greek, from tautologos
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