Definition of redundancy in English:


Syllabification: re·dun·dan·cy
Pronunciation: /riˈdəndənsē

noun (plural redundancies)

  • 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.
  • 1.1The use of words or data that could be omitted without loss of meaning or function; repetition or superfluity of information.
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    • The interviews continued until there was a consensus of information and redundancy in responses.
    • While a speaker may sometimes expose herself to censure on stylistic grounds for redundantly conveying the same information twice, redundancy does not normally lead to ungrammaticality.
    • Another thing I found limiting to the text was the redundancy of information across many of the chapters.
  • 1.2 Engineering The inclusion of extra components that 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.
  • 1.3chiefly British The state of being no longer employed because there is no more work available: the factory’s workers face redundancy
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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.

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