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
Related Words for tautologyrecurrence, repeat, reiteration, litany, rhythm, repetition, attrition, echo, relation, restatement, redundancy, renewal, paraphrase, return, reappearance, practice, rehearsal, replication, report, copy
Examples from the Web for tautology
Contemporary Examples of tautology
Mainly because it is, as my annoying college roommate would term it, a tautology.The State of the Union Should Be More Like the Super Bowl
February 1, 2014
Historical Examples of tautology
So with them it would be tautology to say Kimbundu language.Stanley in Africa
James P. Boyd
Let this excuse what may, at times, appear to be a repetition or a tautology.
The milk pails were on the fence twice, Lady Blue, that is tautology.Tessa Wadsworth's Discipline
Jennie M. Drinkwater
Tautology is to be avoided by all who make any pretence to grammar.New Word-Analysis
If he had laboured with no other defect, had he the gift of tautology?The Uncollected Writings of Thomas de Quincey--Vol. 1
Thomas de Quincey
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.)).