Definition of redundancy in English:

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Pronunciation: /rəˈdəndənsē/

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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Syllabification: re·dun·dan·cy

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