superfluous

  • 1 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… …

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  • 2 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 …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 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,… …

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  • 4 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

  • 5 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

  • 6 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 …

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

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  • 8 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

  • 9 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

  • 10 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

  • 11 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 …

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  • 12 superfluous — See redundant. See redundant, superfluous, prolix …

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  • 13 superfluous — adj. VERBS ▪ be, feel, seem ▪ become ▪ make sth, render sth ▪ consider sth …

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  • 14 superfluous — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. unnecessary, needless; excessive, overmuch. See remainder. Ant., necessary. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. unnecessary, excessive, superabundant, overflowing, redundant, overmuch, very great, abounding …

    English dictionary for students

  • 15 superfluous — su|per|flu|ous [su:ˈpə:fluəs US ˈpə:r ] adj formal [Date: 1300 1400; : Latin; Origin: superfluus, from superfluere to overflow ] more than is needed or wanted = ↑unnecessary ▪ a modern building with no superfluous decoration >superfluously adv …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 superfluous — adjective formal more than is needed or wanted; unnecessary: We could all see what was going on, so the commentary was superfluous. superfluously adverb superfluousness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 superfluous — UK [suːˈpɜː(r)fluəs] / US [sʊˈpɜrfluəs] adjective not needed or wanted They were superfluous to requirements (= not required). Derived word: superfluously adverb …

    English dictionary

  • 18 superfluous — adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin superfluus, literally, running over, from superfluere to overflow, from super + fluere to flow more at fluid Date: 15th century 1. a. exceeding what is sufficient or necessary ; extra b. not needed… …

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  • 19 superfluous — superfluously, adv. superfluousness, n. /soo perr flooh euhs/, adj. 1. being more than is sufficient or required; excessive. 2. unnecessary or needless. 3. Obs. possessing or spending more than enough or necessary; extravagant. [1400 50; late ME… …

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  • 20 superfluous — Synonyms and related words: accessory, accidental, additional, adscititious, adventitious, aimless, appurtenant, ascititious, auxiliary, casual, circumstantial, collateral, contingent, de trop, dispensable, excess, excessive, expendable,… …

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