Definition of redundancy in English:

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Pronunciation: /rɪˈdʌnd(ə)nsi/

noun (plural redundancies)

[mass noun]
1The state of being not or no longer needed or useful: the redundancy of 19th-century heavy plant machinery
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  • As I have been writing for years with stupefying redundancy - and obvious lack of success - this idea is a hoax.
  • Sure, there's a good deal of redundancy here, but such redundancy is often rhetorically valuable.
  • Worse still, the electro beat that underscores most of the album wears thin to the point of redundancy by the time the closing track rolls around.
1.1British The state of being no longer in employment because there is no more work available: the factory’s workers face redundancy [count noun]: the car giant is expected to announce around 5,000 redundancies
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  • The march was led by a contingent of Fiat car workers who are fighting redundancies.
  • Mr Moss said voluntary redundancies were preferable over compulsory redundancies.
  • However, bosses have told workers that they are not planning any compulsory redundancies.
sacking, dismissal, lay-off, discharge, notice;
British  one's cards
informal marching orders
1.2 Engineering The inclusion of extra components which are not strictly necessary to functioning, in case of failure in other components: a high degree of redundancy is built into the machinery installation
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  • The helicopter systems and components have redundancy, the duplicated systems being installed on opposite sides of the fuselage.
  • Without an understanding of where breakdowns and failures occur, redundancy is the insurance policy.
  • This level of redundancy exists not only at the component level, but also at the distribution level.

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