The word redundant applies to things that are unnecessary or could be left out. Calling a blank sheet of paper empty is redundant.

Teachers often tell students to avoid being redundant — meaning avoid saying something twice or more. Have you ever heard someone tell a story and repeat the same thing over and over? The repeated parts are redundant. Sometimes being redundant can make things clear, but it can also be annoying. Redundant can apply to anything that’s overflowing or unnecessary. If a business has two stores on the same street, one is redundant. When you hear redundant, think “Too much!”

Definitions of redundant
  1. adjective

    more than is needed, desired, or required

    “yet another book on heraldry might be thought
    “skills made
    redundant by technological advance”
    excess, extra, spare, supererogatory, superfluous, supernumerary, surplus

    unnecessary, unneeded

    not necessary
  2. adjective

    repeating the same sense in different words

    “”at the risk of being
    redundant I return to my original proposition”- J.B.Conant”
    pleonastic, tautologic, tautological


    tediously prolonged or tending to speak or write at great length

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