Superfluous Su*per"flu*ous, a. [L. superfluus overflowing; super over, above + fluere to flow. See {Super-}, and {Fluent}.] More than is wanted or is sufficient; rendered unnecessary by superabundance; unnecessary; useless; excessive; as, a superfluous price. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

An authority which makes all further argument or illustration superfluous. --E. Everett. [1913 Webster]

{Superfluous interval} (Mus.), an interval that exceeds a major or perfect interval by a semitone. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Unnecessary; useless; exuberant; excessive; redundant; needless. [1913 Webster] -- {Su*per"flu*ous*ly}, adv. -- {Su*per"flu*ous*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • superfluous — superfluous,[/p] surplus, supernumerary, extra, spare all describe what is above or beyond what is needed or indispensable. Superfluous implies a superabundance or excess that requires elimination or pruning {many people . . . found themselves… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • superfluous — I adjective additional, adscititious, dispensable, duplicate, excess, excrescent, expendable, extra, extravagant, inessential, inordinate, lavish, luxuriant, luxurious, more than enough, more than sufficient, needless, overflowing, overmuch,… …   Law dictionary

  • superfluous — [sə pʉr′flo͞o əs, so͞opʉr′flo͞o əs] adj. [L superfluus < superfluere, to overflow: see SUPER & FLUCTUATE] 1. being more than is needed, useful, or wanted; surplus; excessive 2. not needed; unnecessary; irrelevant [a superfluous remark] 3. Obs …   English World dictionary

  • superfluous — early 15c. (earlier superflue, late 14c.), from L. superfluus unnecessary, lit. overflowing, from superfluere to overflow, from super over (see SUPER (Cf. super )) + fluere to flow (see FLUENT (Cf. fluent)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • superfluous — [adj] extra, unnecessary abounding, de trop, dispensable, excess, excessive, exorbitant, expendable, extravagant, extreme, gratuitous, inessential, in excess, inordinate, lavish, leftover, needless, nonessential, overflowing, overmuch, pleonastic …   New thesaurus

  • superfluous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ unnecessary, especially through being more than enough. DERIVATIVES superfluity noun (pl. superfluities) superfluously adverb. ORIGIN Latin superfluus, from fluere to flow …   English terms dictionary

  • superfluous — [[t]suːpɜ͟ː(r)fluəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED Something that is superfluous is unnecessary or is no longer needed. My presence at the afternoon s proceedings was superfluous... I rid myself of many superfluous belongings and habits that bothered me. Syn:… …   English dictionary

  • superfluous — su|per|flu|ous [ su pɜrfluəs ] adjective FORMAL not needed or wanted: UNNECESSARY: Charlie gave him a look that made words superfluous. They were superfluous to requirements (=not required). ╾ su|per|flu|ous|ly adverb …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • superfluous — adjective 1) superfluous material Syn: surplus (to requirements), nonessential, redundant, unneeded, excess, extra, (to) spare, remaining, unused, left over, in excess, waste Ant: necessary, essential …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • superfluous — adjective /suːˈpɜːflu.əs,sjʊˈpɜːflu.əs,suːˈpɝːflu.əs/ in excess of what is required or sufficient With a full rain suit, I think carrying an umbrella is superfluous. Syn: excessive, extraneous, extra, pleonastic, supernumerary, surplus …   Wiktionary

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