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Tuesday, February 29, 2000

Definitions for supernumerary

  1. Exceeding the stated, standard, or prescribed number.
  2. Exceeding what is necessary or desired; superfluous.
  3. A supernumerary person or thing.

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Citations for supernumerary
The Justice Department contractor, the Biogenics Corporation, of Houston, studied blood samples from thirty-six residents and concluded that eight of the people had a rare aberration it called "supernumerary acentric fragments," or extra pieces of genetic material. Michael H. Brown, The Atlantic
Momart is where private collections are put out to pasture, where works that are too big, too precious, too fragile or simply supernumerary to their owners' homes are discreetly tended by expert staff. Laura Cumming, The Observer
Origin of supernumerary
Supernumerary is from Latin supernumerarius, from super, "over" + numerus, "number."