Adjective "redundant" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Not or no longer needed or useful; superfluous.
  1. 'many of the old skills had become redundant'
  2. 'The original St John's Church became redundant in 1938 and was once threatened with demolition through road-widening.'
  3. 'That makes any introduction I could write for him useless and redundant.'
  4. 'The future of another redundant church is also uncertain.'
  5. 'Dispensing with redundant staff may sound like sensible business practice, like cutting away dead wood.'
  6. 'Get rid of any redundant or unwanted items and survey what is left.'
  7. 'In time these training sessions became redundant and unnecessary.'
  8. 'It is redundant and unnecessary, just like most government programs.'
  9. 'Another report, assessment and approval by City Council would have been redundant and a wasteful expenditure of time and money.'
  10. 'There are a few plotlines and characters - Sophie's mother in particular - that are somewhat redundant and unnecessary.'
  11. 'Some coaches feel this insurance is redundant and unnecessary.'
  12. 'You may have mortgage payment protection insurance to cover the monthly amount should you have an accident, go sick or are made redundant.'
  13. 'David was a farm manager, but he was made redundant last year and so we decided to try to go into business ourselves.'
  14. 'He said: ‘I was made redundant and then they found me a job as a clerk at Paddington Station.’'
  15. 'Six months later he was made redundant by the small firm that employed him.'
  16. 'My wife was made redundant two weeks after we launched the business.'
  17. 'Remember that the options available to individuals leaving employment are the same, whether you are made redundant or not.'
  18. '‘I had been thinking about this idea for some time and, when I was made redundant, it seemed like a great time to try it,’ he said.'
  19. 'A number of the employees were made redundant but the receiver hoped to carry on with the remaining workforce until February.'
  20. 'My partner was made redundant last November and hasn't secured further employment as yet.'
  21. 'Their financial situation intervened however, and finally I was made redundant, along with two other employees.'
  22. 'our peculiar affection for redundant phrases'
  23. 'A redundant expression combines two words that mean the same thing, thereby intensifying the effect.'
  24. 'As I read them, those words are entirely redundant.'
  25. '‘He's just a nice guy,’ she finished, as if any other words would be completely redundant.'
  26. 'Some of these components are redundant while others are critical paths so that any failure will bring the whole system down.'
  27. 'There is a single path for power and cooling distribution, with no redundant components; all systems are N.'
  28. 'Because these systems include redundant components, even strong perturbations may lead to only a subtle phenotype.'


1. characterized by verbosity or unnecessary repetition in expressing ideas; prolix: a redundant style.

2. being in excess; exceeding what is usual or natural: a redundant part.

3. having some unusual or extra part or feature.

4. characterized by superabundance or superfluity: lush, redundant vegetation.

5. Engineering. (of a structural member) not necessary for resisting statically determined stresses. (of a structure) having members designed to resist other than statica

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be redundant from jobs."

"places can be redundant under phases."

"workers can be redundant before dates."

"people can be redundant at works."

"people can be redundant at factories."

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Late 16th century (in the sense ‘abundant’): from Latin redundant- ‘surging up’, from the verb redundare (see redound).