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su·per·flu·ous

 (so͝o-pûr′flo͞o-əs)
adj.
Being beyond what is required or sufficient.

[Middle English, from Old French superflueux, from Latin superfluus, from superfluere, to overflow : super-, super- + fluere, to flow; see bhleu- in Indo-European roots.]

su·per′flu·ous·ly adv.
su·per′flu·ous·ness n.
Synonyms: superfluous, excess, extra, supernumerary, surplus
These adjectives mean being more than is needed, desired, required, or appropriate: delete superfluous words; trying to lose excess weight; found some extra change on the dresser; supernumerary ornamentation; distributed surplus food to the needy.

superfluous

(suːˈpɜːflʊəs)
adj
1. exceeding what is sufficient or required
2. not necessary or relevant; uncalled-for
3. obsolete extravagant in expenditure or oversupplied with possessions
[C15: from Latin superfluus overflowing, from super- + fluere to flow]
suˈperfluously adv
suˈperfluousness n

su•per•flu•ous

(sʊˈpɜr flu əs)

adj.
1. being more than is sufficient or required; excessive.
2. unnecessary or needless.
3. Obs. possessing or spending more than enough or necessary; extravagant.
[1400–50; < Latin superfluus=super- super- + -fluus, derivative of fluere to flow; see -ous]
su•per′flu•ous•ly, adv.
su•per′flu•ous•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.superfluous - 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"
worthless - lacking in usefulness or value; "a worthless idler"
2.superfluous - 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"
unnecessary, unneeded - not necessary

superfluous

adjective excess, surplus, redundant, remaining, extra, spare, excessive, unnecessary, in excess, needless, left over, on your hands, surplus to requirements, uncalled-for, unneeded, residuary, supernumerary, superabundant, pleonastic (Rhetoric), unrequired, supererogatory My presence at the afternoon's proceedings was superflous.
necessary, essential, vital, wanted, needed, called for, imperative, indispensable, requisite

superfluous

adjective
Being more than is needed, desired, or appropriate:
Translations
زائِد
nadbytečnýpřebytečnýzbytečný
overflødig
tarpeetonylenpalttinenylitsevuotavainen
ofaukinn
lieksnevajadzīgs
överflödig

superfluous

[sʊˈpɜːflʊəs] ADJsuperfluo
superfluous detailsdetalles superfluos
to be superfluous [comment, detail, explanation] → ser superfluo, sobrar; [object, person] → sobrar
further comment was superfluoustodo otro comentario era superfluo, sobraba decir nada más
maps were superfluous with Eddie aroundcuando estaba Eddie, sobraban los mapas
my presence was superfluousmi presencia estaba de más
he felt rather superfluousse sentía bastante de más

superfluous

[suːˈpɜːrflʊəs] adjsuperflu(e)

superfluous

adjüberflüssig; styleverschwenderisch; it is superfluous to say …es ist überflüssig, zu sagen

superfluous

[suˈpɜːflʊəs] adjsuperfluo/a
he felt rather superfluous → si sentì di troppo

superfluous

(suˈpəːfluəs) adjective
extra; beyond what is needed or wanted.
References in classic literature ?
For the woman he felt a thrill of sympathy, but at once saw that it was superfluous.
The white double rose-bush had evidently been propped up anew against the house since the commencement of the season; and a pear-tree and three damson-trees, which, except a row of currant-bushes, constituted the only varieties of fruit, bore marks of the recent amputation of several superfluous or defective limbs.
Except for that small expenditure in the decoration of her infant, Hester bestowed all her superfluous means in charity, on wretches less miserable than herself, and who not unfrequently insulted the hand that fed them.
On his long, gaunt body, he carried no spare flesh, no superfluous beard, his chin having a soft, economical nap to it, like the worn nap of his broad-brimmed hat.
If I say, that in any creature breathing is only a function indispensable to vitality, inasmuch as it withdraws from the air a certain element, which being subsequently brought into contact with the blood imparts to the blood its vivifying principle, I do not think I shall err; though I may possibly use some superfluous scientific words.
In fact, the exhortation seemed rather a superfluous one to a man with a great pair of iron fetters on his feet.
It puts to rest many questions which he would otherwise be taxed to answer; while the only new question which it puts is the hard but superfluous one, how to spend it.
There the poet sustains himself merely by his own superfluous fat, and the philosopher comes down on his marrow-bones.
There was no superfluous ornament in the room--not one modern piece of furniture, save a brace of workboxes and a lady's desk in rosewood, which stood on a side-table: everything--including the carpet and curtains--looked at once well worn and well saved.
Lecount's apparently superfluous hint to him to be liberal in offering money when he knew he had no intention of parting with it, had been founded on an intimate knowledge of his character.
I remember that I thought it, in form, more like a riding-habit with the superfluous skirt cut off, than anything else.
Upon that, he pulled out a napkin, as if it were a magic clue without which he couldn't find the way up-stairs, and led us to the black hole of the establishment: fitted up with a diminishing mirror (quite a superfluous article considering the hole's proportions), an anchovy sauce-cruet, and somebody's pattens.