Definition of superfluous in English:

superfluous

Line breaks: su|per¦flu|ous
Pronunciation: /suːˈpəːflʊəs
 
, sjuː-/

adjective

Derivatives

superfluously

adverb
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  • She scrupulously avoids over-enthusiasm, or superfluously imaginative ‘reconstructions’, and in sticking firmly and respectfully to what is known, leaves scrutiny of Johnson's character to the reader's discretion.
  • Then, superfluously, he adds: ‘But I never go to parties.’
  • ‘I've always been rather dramatic,’ she says, a touch superfluously.

superfluousness

noun
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  • This was not an ordinary injustice. It was an extraordinary injustice. The premise of terrorism is the sheer superfluousness of human life. This premise is inconsistent with civilized living anywhere.
  • Speaking of which, it also contains moments of brilliant superfluousness: ‘It was very dark inside the fish,’ the second paragraph enigmatically begins.
  • In England, alongside the ethos of the middle class, an aristocratic attitude was very much alive, disdaining usefulness and regarding superfluousness as the mark of the lady and gentleman.

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin superfluus, from super- 'over' + fluere 'to flow'.

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