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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

re•dun•dant*rɪˈdʌn dənt(adj.)

  1. characterized by verbosity or unnecessary repetition in expressing ideas.

  2. exceeding what is usual or necessary:

    a redundant part.

  3. superabundant or superfluous:

    lush, redundant vegetation.

  4. (of a system, equipment, etc.) supplied as a backup, as in a spacecraft.

  5. (of language or a linguistic feature) characterized by redundancy; predictable.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

  6. Chiefly Brit. being unemployed.

    Category: British

* Syn: See wordy.

Origin of redundant:

1595–1605; < L redundant-, s. of redundāns, prp. of redundāre overflow, be excessive. See redound, -ant


Princeton's WordNet

  1. excess, extra, redundant, spare, supererogatory, superfluous, supernumerary, surplus(adj)

    more than is needed, desired, or required

    "trying to lose excess weight"; "found some extra change lying on the dresser"; "yet another book on heraldry might be thought redundant"; "skills made redundant by technological advance"; "sleeping in the spare room"; "supernumerary ornamentation"; "it was supererogatory of her to gloat"; "delete superfluous (or unnecessary) words"; "extra ribs as well as other supernumerary internal parts"; "surplus cheese distributed to the needy"

  2. pleonastic, redundant, tautologic, tautological(adj)

    repetition of same sense in different words

    "`a true fact' and `a free gift' are pleonastic expressions"; "the phrase `a beginner who has just started' is tautological"; "at the risk of being redundant I return to my original proposition"- J.B.Conant

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. redundant(adjective)ɪˈdʌn dənt

    not necessary because sth similar already exists

    redundant factory equipment

  2. redundantɪˈdʌn dənt

    having been laid off from a job

    200 workers were made redundant.


  1. redundant(Adjective)

    Superfluous; exceeding what is necessary.

  2. redundant(Adjective)

    (Of speech, writing) Repetitive or needlessly wordy.

  3. redundant(Adjective)

    Dismissed from employment because no longer needed.

  4. redundant(Adjective)

    Duplicating or able to duplicate the function of another component of a system, providing back-up in the event the other component fails.

  5. Origin: From redundans, present participle of , from + undo, from .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Redundant(adj)

    exceeding what is natural or necessary; superabundant; exuberant; as, a redundant quantity of bile or food

  2. Redundant(adj)

    using more worrds or images than are necessary or useful; pleonastic


  1. Redundant

    "Redundant" is a song by American punk rock band Green Day. It was released as the third single from their fifth album, Nimrod. The song failed to match the impressive chart positions of its predecessors, despite an ambitious music video. It is one of few Green Day songs in which vocalist/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong uses an effects pedal.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'redundant' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4599

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'redundant' in Adjectives Frequency: #904

Translations for redundant

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(of workers) no longer employed because there is no longer any job for them where they used to work

Fifty men have just been made redundant at the local factory.

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