Redundant vs. Tautology

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  • Redundant (adjective)

    Superfluous; exceeding what is necessary.

  • Redundant (adjective)

    Repetitive or needlessly wordy.

  • Redundant (adjective)

    Dismissed from employment because no longer needed.

    "Four employees were made redundant."

  • Redundant (adjective)

    Duplicating or able to duplicate the function of another component of a system, providing backup in the event the other component fails.

  • Tautology (noun)

    Redundant use of words, a pleonasm, an unnecessary and tedious repetition.

    "It is tautology to say, "Forward Planning"."

  • Tautology (noun)

    An expression that features tautology.

    "The expression "raze to the ground" is a tautology, since the word "raze" includes the notion "to the ground"."

  • Tautology (noun)

    In propositional logic: a statement that is true for all truth values of its propositional variables. In first-order logic: a statement that is true for all truth values of its Boolean atoms.

  • Redundant (adjective)

    not or no longer needed or useful; superfluous

    "many of the old skills had become redundant"

    "an appropriate use for a redundant church"

  • Redundant (adjective)

    no longer in employment because there is no more work available

    "eight permanent staff were made redundant"

  • Redundant (adjective)

    (of words or data) able to be omitted without loss of meaning or function

    "most of the inflectional endings are redundant"

    "our peculiar affection for redundant phrases"

  • Redundant (adjective)

    (of a component) not strictly necessary to functioning but included in case of failure in another component

    "the modules are linked using a redundant fibre-optic cable"

  • Tautology (noun)

    the saying of the same thing twice over in different words, generally considered to be a fault of style (e.g. they arrived one after the other in succession).

  • Tautology (noun)

    a phrase or expression in which the same thing is said twice in different words.

  • Tautology (noun)

    a statement that is true by necessity or by virtue of its logical form.

Oxford Dictionary
  • Redundant (adjective)

    Exceeding what is natural or necessary; superabundant; exuberant; as, a redundant quantity of bile or food.

  • Redundant (adjective)

    Using more worrds or images than are necessary or useful; pleonastic.

  • Tautology (noun)

    A repetition of the same meaning in different words; needless repetition of an idea in different words or phrases; a representation of anything as the cause, condition, or consequence of itself, as in the following lines: -The dawn is overcast, the morning lowers,And heavily in clouds brings on the day. Addison.

Webster Dictionary
  • Redundant (adjective)

    more than is needed, desired, or required;

    "trying to lose excess weight"

    "found some extra change lying on the dresser"

    "yet another book on heraldry might be thought redundant"

    "skills made redundant by technological advance"

    "sleeping in the spare room"

    "supernumerary ornamentation"

    "it was supererogatory of her to gloat"

    "delete superfluous (or unnecessary) words"

    "extra ribs as well as other supernumerary internal parts"

    "surplus cheese distributed to the needy"

  • Redundant (adjective)

    use of more words than required to express an idea;

    "a wordy gossipy account of a simple incident"

    "a redundant text crammed with amplifications of the obvious"

  • Redundant (adjective)

    repetition of same sense in different words;

    "`a true fact' and `a free gift' are pleonastic expressions"

    "the phrase `a beginner who has just started' is tautological"

    "at the risk of being redundant I return to my original proposition"

  • Tautology (noun)

    (logic) a statement that is necessarily true;

    "the statement `he is brave or he is not brave' is a tautology"

  • Tautology (noun)

    useless repetition;

    "to say that something is `adequate enough' is a tautology"

Princeton's WordNet

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