Definition of redundant in English:


Line breaks: re¦dun|dant
Pronunciation: /rɪˈdʌnd(ə)nt


  • 1Not or no longer needed or useful; superfluous: an appropriate use for a redundant church many of the old skills had become redundant
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    • 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.
    unnecessary, not required, inessential, unessential, needless, unneeded, uncalled for, dispensable, disposable, expendable, unwanted, useless; surplus, surplus to requirements, superfluous, too much/many, supernumerary, excessive, in excess, extra, additional, spare; French de trop
    informal needed like a hole in the head
  • 1.1British No longer in employment 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.
  • 1.2 Engineering (Of a component) not strictly necessary to functioning but included in case of failure in another component: the modules are linked using a redundant fibre-optic cable
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    • 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.



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  • ‘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).

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