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3 definitions found
 for superfluous
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Superfluous \Su*per"flu*ous\, a. [L. superfluus overflowing;
     super over, above + fluere to flow. See Super-, and
     Fluent.]
     More than is wanted or is sufficient; rendered unnecessary by
     superabundance; unnecessary; useless; excessive; as, a
     superfluous price. --Shak.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           An authority which makes all further argument or
           illustration superfluous.                --E. Everett.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Superfluous interval (Mus.), an interval that exceeds a
        major or perfect interval by a semitone.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Syn: Unnecessary; useless; exuberant; excessive; redundant;
          needless.
          [1913 Webster] -- Su*per"flu*ous*ly, adv. --
          Su*per"flu*ous*ness, n.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  superfluous
      adj 1: serving no useful purpose; having no excuse for being;
             "otiose lines in a play"; "advice is wasted words"; "a
             pointless remark"; "a life essentially purposeless";
             "senseless violence" [syn: otiose, pointless,
             purposeless, senseless, superfluous, wasted]
      2: 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" [syn: excess, extra, redundant, spare,
         supererogatory, superfluous, supernumerary, surplus]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  73 Moby Thesaurus words for "superfluous":
     accessory, accidental, additional, adscititious, adventitious,
     aimless, appurtenant, ascititious, auxiliary, casual,
     circumstantial, collateral, contingent, de trop, dispensable,
     excess, excessive, expendable, expletive, extra, feckless,
     fortuitous, gratuitous, impotent, in excess, incidental,
     ineffective, ineffectual, inessential, left, leftover, meaningless,
     needless, net, no go, nonessential, odd, of no use, outstanding,
     over, pleonastic, pointless, prolix, purposeless, redundant,
     remaining, remanent, secondary, spare, subsidiary, superabundant,
     superadded, supererogatory, supernumerary, supervenient,
     supplemental, supplementary, surplus, surviving, tautologic,
     tautologous, to spare, unasked, unavailing, uncalled-for,
     unconsumed, unessential, unnecessary, unneeded, unused, unwanted,
     useless, verbose
  
  

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