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Definition 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
  • What is clarifying for one reader can be a redundant distraction for another.
redundant = more than is needed
  • The company carries the same customer names and addresses in four different computer systems. Eliminating the redundant data will simplify mailing list management.
  • redundant = unnecessarily repeated
  • 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.
  • [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.
  • The report identified redundant staff at the United Nations.
  • They are using citation searches to minimize the problem of redundant publication.
  • 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. Finally, after her fourth call, the messenger they send is Lev.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • redundant = unnecessary
  • To Vic it was so much redundancy; he knew in his guts that it had been Kemp.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • redundancy = more than is needed
  • 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
  • redundancy = more than is needed
  • Redundant though it may sound, we are sheer point of view. We cannot influence things in any way.
    Haruki Murakami  --  After Dark
  • redundant = more than is needed
  • A range of one thousand kilometers, which is redundant from our viewpoint
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • redundant = more than is needed
  • He was a small, short, youngish man, sprinkled all over his face with freckles, and wearing redundant yellow hair.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • redundant = more than is needed
  • Any method of communication needs redundancy, or information can be lost.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • redundancy = a secondary component designed to work if the primary component fails
  • Oh, you mean, redundant, like saying the same thing over and over but in different ways?
    Sherman Alexie  --  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • redundant = more than is needed — especially repeating ideas
  • "I'm going," she said, redundantly.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • redundantly = even though it wasn't necessary (It was already know that she was going.)
  • In that case, perhaps my message is rather redundant.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
redundant = repetitious (repeats what was previously said)

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