Adjective "superfluous" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Unnecessary, especially through being more than enough.
  1. 'Even so, the game is a noteworthy hybrid of multiple genres that somehow solidly come together to create a superfluous and entertaining experience.'
  2. 'No space is wasted on hallways or superfluous storage; each room leads logically to the next.'
  3. 'The two dialogue sequences here are superfluous to say the least, as are the sound effects tagged at the end.'
  4. 'All the stories are simply constructed, no superfluous words, no extra images to clutter the feeling.'
  5. 'Other times, he prioritizes superfluous aspects of the narrative or the set design to take over and slow his storyline down to a virtual halt.'
  6. 'Although he claims that ‘indirect assassination’ is not in his nature, this is exactly how he disposes of his superfluous first wife.'
  7. 'Z was always thought to be a superfluous, unnecessary letter.'
  8. 'Everything seems to fit together perfectly, and one doesn't catch any extra or superfluous notes.'
  9. 'Why do we have superfluous, but potentially deadly vestiges like the appendix or wisdom teeth?'
  10. 'But every song is compelling: not a word wasted, not one bout of frenetic strumming superfluous.'


1. being more than is sufficient or required; excessive.

2. unnecessary or needless.

3. Obsolete. possessing or spending more than enough or necessary; extravagant.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be superfluous to scenes."

"networks can be superfluous to needs."

"endeavours can be superfluous in others."

"cards can be superfluous on file servers."

"people can be superfluous."

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Late Middle English: from Latin superfluus, from super- ‘over’ + fluere ‘to flow’.