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superfluous

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

Definition of superfluous in English:

adjective

Unnecessary, especially through being more than enough: the purchaser should avoid asking for superfluous information
More example sentences
  • Unnecessary, superfluous comments waste time and try the patience of participants.
  • The use of weapons which cause superfluous injury or unnecessary suffering is similarly prohibited.
  • Z was always thought to be a superfluous, unnecessary letter.
Synonyms
surplus, redundant, unneeded, not required, excess, extra, spare, to spare, remaining, unused, left over;
useless, unproductive, undue, in excess, surplus to requirements;
unnecessary, needless, unneeded, inessential, pointless, redundant, uncalled for, unwarranted, unjustified, gratuitous

Origin

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

Derivatives

superfluously

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • 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

2
noun
Example sentences
  • 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.

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