Definition of redundancy in English:


Line breaks: re¦dun|dancy
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; unemployment; 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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