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 Dictionary entry overview: What does superfluous mean? 

SUPERFLUOUS (adjective)
  The adjective SUPERFLUOUS has 2 senses:

1. serving no useful purpose; having no excuse for being
2. more than is needed, desired, or required

  Familiarity information: SUPERFLUOUS used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

SUPERFLUOUS (adjective)

Sense 1superfluous [BACK TO TOP]


Serving no useful purpose; having no excuse for being


otiose; superfluous; wasted; pointless

Context examples:

otiose lines in a play / advice is wasted words


worthless (lacking in usefulness or value)

Sense 2superfluous [BACK TO TOP]


More than is needed, desired, or required


excess; surplus; supernumerary; supererogatory; redundant; extra; spare; superfluous

Context examples:

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


unnecessary; unneeded (not necessary)

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