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superfluous

[ soo-pur-floo-uhs ]SEE DEFINITION OF superfluous

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SUPERFLUOUS

Of the significance of the life of this great man, it would be superfluous to speak.

Comments on these letters would be superfluous, as they speak forcibly for themselves.

That is the civilized fashion; and is superfluous among savages.

It was just as well—any further word of mine would have been superfluous.

She was a tall, large woman, well-knit, with no superfluous flesh.

He, too, was short and square of build, though he had no superfluous flesh.

Neither he, nor any of his relations, ever had a superfluous sixpence.

All "A deed that under present circumstances it would be superfluous to name."

It was only a kind of safety-valve by which the detective let off his superfluous steam.

I will not be so superfluous as to exaggerate the difficulty.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c. (earlier superflue, late 14c.), from Latin superfluus "unnecessary," literally "overflowing," from superfluere "to overflow," from super "over" (see super-) + fluere "to flow" (see fluent).

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR SUPERFLUOUS

unwanted

adjectivenot wanted
  • de trop
  • nonessential
  • redundant
  • superfluous
  • undesirable
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