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TAUTOLOGY

 Dictionary entry overview: What does tautology mean? 

TAUTOLOGY (noun)
  The noun TAUTOLOGY has 2 senses:

1. (logic) a statement that is necessarily true
2. useless repetition

  Familiarity information: TAUTOLOGY used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


TAUTOLOGY (noun)


Sense 1tautology [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(logic) a statement that is necessarily true

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context example:

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

Hypernyms ("tautology" is a kind of...):

true statement; truth (a true statement)

Domain category:

logic (the branch of philosophy that analyzes inference)


Sense 2tautology [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Useless repetition

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context example:

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

Hypernyms ("tautology" is a kind of...):

repetitiousness; repetitiveness (verboseness resulting from excessive repetitions)


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