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Definitions of superfluous

  1. Superfluousness. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  2. 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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  3. Being more than is needed or wanted; excessive; needless. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. More than enough: unnecessary or useless. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. More than is needful; useless. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. More than is needed; needless. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. More than is wanted; more than enough; unnecessary; useless. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  8. More than enough or sufficient; beyond what is wanted; redundant. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for superfluous

  1. Steps were also taken to inquire into the positions held by many of the amateur lady nurses, and those whose services were deemed to be superfluous were provided with return passages to Europe. – The Chronicles of a Gay Gordon by José Maria Gordon
  2. Commissioners were sent to visit all the cathedral and parish churches and seize the superfluous ornaments for the king's use. – Vanishing England by P. H. Ditchfield