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Definition of "surplusage" [sur•plus•age]

  • Surplus; excess. (noun)
  • An excess of words; verbiage. (noun)
  • Law Irrelevant matter in a pleading. (noun)

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.

Use "surplusage" in a sentence
  • "Avoiding surplusage is important, especially since judges have enough to read."
  • "Furthermore I said to him, “O my brother, I am wont to cast up my shop accounts at the head of every year, and whatso I shall find of surplusage is between me and thee.”"
  • "Evidently, then, self-sacrifice may be wide-spread and may permeate the institutions of ordinary life; being found even in occupations primarily ordered by principles of give and take, where it expresses itself in a kind of surplusage of giving above what is prescribed in the contract."