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

Similar to: ↑unnecessary, ↑unneeded
Derivationally related forms: ↑supernumerary (for: ↑supernumerary), ↑superfluity (for: ↑superfluous), ↑redundance (for: ↑redundant), ↑redundancy (for: ↑redundant)

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