1. [ adjective ] more than is needed, desired, or required
Synonyms: surplus extra excess spare superfluous supernumerary supererogatory

"trying to lose excess weight" "found some extra change" "another book on heraldry might be thought redundant" "sleeping in the spare room" "supernumerary ornamentation" "delete superfluous words"

Related terms: unnecessary
2. [ adjective ] use of more words than required to express an idea
Synonyms: wordy

"a wordy gossipy account of a simple incident" "a redundant text crammed with amplifications of the obvious"

Related terms: prolix
3. [ adjective ] repetition of same sense in different words
Synonyms: tautologic tautological pleonastic

"`a true fact' and `a free gift' are pleonastic expressions" "the phrase `a beginner who has just started' is tautological" "at the risk of being redundant I return to my original proposition"- J.B.Conant

Related terms: prolix
Similar spelling:   redundancy