- characterized by verbosity or unnecessary repetition in expressing ideas; prolix: a redundant style.
- being in excess; exceeding what is usual or natural: a redundant part.
- having some unusual or extra part or feature.
- characterized by superabundance or superfluity: lush, redundant vegetation.
- (of a structural member) not necessary for resisting statically determined stresses.
- (of a structure) having members designed to resist other than statically determined stresses; hyperstatic.
- noting a complete truss having additional members for resisting eccentric loads.Compare complete(def 8), incomplete(def 3).
- (of a device, circuit, computer system, etc.) having excess or duplicate parts that can continue to perform in the event of malfunction of some of the parts.
- Linguistics. characterized by redundancy; predictable.
- Computers. containing more bits or characters than are required, as a parity bit inserted for checking purposes.
- Chiefly British. removed or laid off from a job.
- surplus to requirements; unnecessary or superfluous
- verbose or tautological
- deprived of one’s job because it is no longer necessary for efficient operationhe has been made redundant
- (of components, information, etc) duplicated or added as a precaution against failure, error, etc
1590s, from Latin redundantem (nominative redundans), present participle of redundare, literally “overflow, pour over; be over-full;” figuratively “be in excess,” from re- “again” (see re-) + undare “rise in waves,” from unda “a wave” (see water (n.1)). Of persons, in employment situations, from 1928, chiefly British. Related: Redundantly.