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What is clarifying for one reader can be a redundant distraction for another.
  more than is needed — often something that is unnecessarily repeated

or in technical usage:  a secondary component designed to work if the primary component fails; or of such a system
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  • What is clarifying for one reader can be a redundant distraction for another.
  • The company carries the same customer names and addresses in four different computer systems. Eliminating the redundant data will simplify mailing list management.
  • After the merger, they concluded the office was redundant.
  • At least the reviewer has a sense of humor when she described the art as clichéd, redundant and unimaginative.

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  • [decentralized decision-making] creates a form of redundancy, which works to the relative advantage of those individuals, groups, and firms that are most resistant to these irrational tendencies.
    Richard A. Epstein  --  Skepticism and Freedom
  • The specification called for a redundant network infrastructure.
  • Every member of the jury found the tenth character witness to be redundant and unnecessarily emotional.
  • At the risk of being redundant, I return to my original proposition.
  • They are using citation searches to minimize the problem of redundant publication.
  • The report identified redundant staff at the United Nations.

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  • He was a small, short, youngish man, sprinkled all over his face with freckles, and wearing redundant yellow hair.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • a redundant security system
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • And whenever we faced a critical matter such as this, we designed redundant systems. ... In this case, there are two independent reasons why the animals can’t breed.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • There comes a point when the very discussion of pain becomes redundant.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • Redundant sterilization procedures:
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • Oh, you mean, redundant, like saying the same thing over and over but in different ways?
    Sherman Alexie  --  The Absolutlely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • In that case, perhaps my message is rather redundant.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • "I’m going," she said, redundantly.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • And by hideous contrast, a redundant orator was making a speech to another gathering not thirty steps away, in fulsome laudation of "our glorious British liberties!"
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • Redundant though it may sound, we are sheer point of view. We cannot influence things in any way.
    Haruki Murakami  --  After Dark
  • [upon hearing the firehouse siren after the explosions] A little redundant, he thought. Still, there was no sound quite like a siren wailing its air-raid alarm to spur people to constructive action—or paralyze them in fear.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • Moody’s grandfather wrote in belabored, redundant, didactic prose.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • "I’ll make certain next time certainly," said Bourne, the redundancy intended,
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • I wont say hungry because to a woman ... below Mason’s and Dixon’s in this year of grace 1865, that word would be sheer redundancy, like saying that we were breathing.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • To Vic it was so much redundancy; he knew in his guts that it had been Kemp.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • A range of one thousand kilometers, which is redundant from our viewpoint
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Indeed the dismal downpour made my intended visit to Niagara Falls seem redundant.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • Any method of communication needs redundancy, or information can be lost.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • Cavalletto dropped on one knee, and implored him, with a redundancy of gesticulation, to hear what had brought himself into such foul company.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • with no redundancy in the shirt line
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • a little man with a redundancy of gesture
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • So the instant Risa gets back to the infirmary, she calls for a messenger, and another and another, sending them each off with redundant notes reminding kids to take their medications.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • "So I know some of this might be redundant," Josiah said, "but if it’s okay we’d like to give you the full newcomer tour.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • "E’lir Kvothe’s complaints are redundant.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • His boss had been muttering about possible redundancies for months.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • It was just as I was on the dash to school and Vati said, "Georgia, I don’t know if you have heard anything but there’s been a lot of redundancies at my place."
    Louise Rennison  --  Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging
  • That’s sort of a redundancy and an understatement at the same time, isn’t it?
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • The break, followed by the redundant announcement of labor, arched her back.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • The first adjective is redundant.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • I looked at my pupil, who did not at first appear to notice me: she was quite a child, perhaps seven or eight years old, slightly built, with a pale, small-featured face, and a redundancy of hair falling in curls to her waist.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • As always, the two redundant holographic backup units hummed safely within their temperature-controlled vault.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Any other words would be redundant.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • Mrs. Trenor was a tall fair woman, whose height just saved her from redundancy.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • They love redundancies.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • Wouldn’t that be redundant?
    James Patterson  --  School’s Out - Forever
  • She looked redundant with life, health, and energy; all of which attributes were bound down and compressed, as it were and girdled tensely, in their luxuriance, by her virgin zone.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Rappaccini’s Daughter
  • Meaning what?Meaning that when we see a person suspended in the air, even briefly, he is one or more of the following: a superhero a ski jumper crazy (redundant if also number 2) fictional a circus act, departing a cannon suspended on wires an angel heavily symbolic Of course, just because we can’t fly doesn’t mean we don’t dream of it.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • It is allowed, that senates and great councils are often troubled with redundant, ebullient, and other peccant humours; with many diseases of the head, and more of the heart; with strong convulsions, with grievous contractions of the nerves and sinews in both hands, but especially the right; with spleen, flatus, vertigos, and deliriums; with scrofulous tumours, full of fetid purulent matter; with sour frothy ructations: with canine appetites, and crudeness of digestion, besides many…
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • My gift’s a little redundant.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • Bathsheba had too much sense to mind seriously what her servitors said about her; but too much womanly redundance of speech to leave alone what was said till it died the natural death of unminded things.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
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