Definition of redundant in English:

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Pronunciation: /rəˈdəndənt/


1Not or no longer needed or useful; superfluous: this redundant brewery has been converted into a library many of the old skills had become redundant
More example sentences
  • Now, the Parochial Church Council has decided it can no longer delay the inevitable and will apply for the church to be made redundant.
  • Despite St Martin's officially being a redundant church, which cannot stage weddings, Jenny was determined that she should tie the knot in her home village.
  • The original St John's Church became redundant in 1938 and was once threatened with demolition through road-widening.
1.1(Of words or data) able to be omitted without loss of meaning or function.
Example sentences
  • Ellis has not left a redundant word in this script; it's fast-paced, full of content and directly relevant to the lives and experiences of the audience.
  • As I read them, those words are entirely redundant.
  • A redundant expression combines two words that mean the same thing, thereby intensifying the effect.
1.2 Engineering (Of a component) not strictly necessary to functioning but included in case of failure in another component.
Example sentences
  • There is a single path for power and cooling distribution, with no redundant components; all systems are N.
  • Because these systems include redundant components, even strong perturbations may lead to only a subtle phenotype.
  • Some of these components are redundant while others are critical paths so that any failure will bring the whole system down.
1.3chiefly British (Of a person) no longer employed because there is no more work available: eight permanent staff were made redundant
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  • The council claimed its ambition to support the results of the scheme financially could not be achieved unless more than 120 employees were made redundant.
  • This initially took the form of the Redundancy Payments Act of 1965, which obliged employers to pay compensation to employees who were made redundant.
  • The employer sold the business some years after the employee commenced work and the employee was made redundant.



Example sentences
  • ‘I played really well,’ he said, rather redundantly.
  • ‘I'm Brittany,’ she added, somewhat redundantly.
  • Being precise was more important than being succinct, and often points were given for redundantly making redundant statements of redundancy.


Late 16th century (in the sense 'abundant'): from Latin redundant- 'surging up', from the verb redundare (see redound).

Words that rhyme with redundant


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Syllabification: re·dun·dant

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