Adjective "tautological" definition and examples

Pronunciation

/tɔːtəˈlɒdʒɪk(ə)l/

Definitions and examples

adjective

  1. 'The answer given by the Councilors is tautological: they are the lawful authority because the law has defined them as such.'
  2. 'The camp provided the Germans tautological proof of the necessity of imprisoning Untermenschen: the disgusting state of the Haftlinge of Auschwitz demonstrated their inferiority and justified their murder.'

Definitions

1. needless repetition of an idea, especially in words other than those of the immediate context, without imparting additional force or clearness, as in “widow woman.”.

2. an instance of such repetition.

3. Logic. a compound propositional form all of whose instances are true, as “A or not A.”. an instance of such a form, as “This candidate will win or will not win.”.

More examples(as adjective)

"definitions can be tautological."

"arguments can be tautological."

"thens can be tautological."

"symptoms can be tautological."

"manies can be tautological."

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Origin

(tautology)