Definition of "redundant" []

  • Exceeding what is necessary or natural; superfluous. (adjective)
  • Needlessly wordy or repetitive in expression: a student paper filled with redundant phrases. (adjective)
  • Of or relating to linguistic redundancy. (adjective)
  • Chiefly British Dismissed or laid off from work, as for being no longer needed. (adjective)
  • Electronics Of or involving redundancy in electronic equipment. (adjective)
  • Surplus to requirements; unnecessary or superfluous (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Verbose or tautological (adjective)
  • Deprived of one's job because it is no longer necessary for efficient operation (adjective)
  • (of components, information, etc) duplicated or added as a precaution against failure, error, etc (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "redundant" in a sentence
  • "The term redundant design means that when one system fails, another carries the load."
  • "The song is assembly line Akon: a reedy, shouty chorus, a glimmering beat, and questionable spelling and diction ( "Na" actually means "now" in Akon's world, thus making the "na" 's in the title redundant)."
  • "On the other hand, everyone there will be able to type, and by then technology might have made the ability to sign your name redundant."