- The definition of redundant is more than enough or too much of something.
- An example of redundant is someone repeating the same story over and over again.
- An example of redundant is when too many people are doing the same job.
- more than enough; overabundant; excess; superfluous
- using more words than are needed; wordy
- unnecessary to the meaning: said of words and affixes
- Brit. laid off from work as no longer needed; discharged; dismissed
Origin of redundantClassical Latin redundans, present participle of redundare: see redound
- Exceeding what is necessary or natural; superfluous.
- Needlessly wordy or repetitive in expression: a student paper filled with redundant phrases.
- Of or relating to linguistic redundancy.
- Chiefly British Dismissed or laid off from work, as for being no longer needed.
- Electronics Of or involving redundancy in electronic equipment.
- Of or involving redundancy in the transmission of messages.
- Genetics Degenerate.
Origin of redundantLatin redundāns, redundant-, present participle of redundāre, to overflow : re-, red-, re- + undāre, to surge (from unda, wave; see wed-1 in Indo-European roots).
(comparative more redundant, superlative most redundant)
- Superfluous; exceeding what is necessary.
- (Of speech, writing, and reading) Repetitive or needlessly wordy.
- (chiefly UK) Dismissed from employment because no longer needed.
- (chiefly computing) Duplicating or able to duplicate the function of another component of a system, providing back-up in the event the other component fails.