surplusage

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n surplusage a quantity much larger than is needed
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Surplusage (Accounts) A greater disbursement than the charge of the accountant amounts to.
    • Surplusage (Law) Matter in pleading which is not necessary or relevant to the case, and which may be rejected.
    • Surplusage Surplus; excess; overplus; as, surplusage of grain or goods beyond what is wanted. "Take what thou please of all this surplusage .""A surplusage given to one part is paid out of a reduction from another part of the same creature."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n surplusage Surplus; excess; redundancy.
    • n surplusage In law, any allegation or statement in a pleading or proceeding not necessary to its adequacy. It implies that the superfiuous matter is such that its omission would not impair the true meaning nor the right of the party, but that to attempt to give it effect would obscure the meaning or impair the right.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Surplusage overplus
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Surplus, and cf. Superplusage
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr., from sur—L. super, over, plus, more.

Usage

In literature:

He is not to be dreaded by widows and orphans; he is a reducer of surplusage.
"The Gentle Grafter" by O. Henry
Their winter is seldom such as puts a full stop to the growth of plants, or reduces the cattle to live wholly on the surplusage of the summer.
"A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland" by Samuel Johnson
A surplusage given to one part is paid out of a reduction from another part of the same creature.
"Essays, First Series" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
This gave surplusage to the sinister appearance he already had.
"A Texas Ranger" by William MacLeod Raine
This is plainly slander, at least in degree, and according to the surplusage whereby the censure doth exceed the fault.
"Sermons on Evil-Speaking" by Isaac Barrow
A revelation from heaven that simply told me my duty would be surplusage.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture: Romans Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. V)" by Alexander Maclaren
At the risk of repetition, or surplusage, I would beg to call your attention to one point in this argument.
"Primitive Christian Worship" by James Endell Tyler
A surplusage given to one part is paid out of a reduction from another part of the same creature.
"Essays" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
In Corot, anyone, I suppose, can see this note, and it would be surplusage to insist upon it.
"French Art" by W. C. Brownell
There is a great surplusage of words and a seeming inability to get to the point.
"The Tales Of The Heptameron, Vol. I. (of V.)" by Margaret, Queen Of Navarre
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