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tau·tol·o·gy

(tô-tŏl′ə-jē)
n. pl. tau·tol·o·gies
1.
a. Needless repetition of the same sense in different words; redundancy.
b. An instance of such repetition.
2. Logic A statement composed of simpler statements in such a way that it is logically true whether the simpler statements are factually true or false; for example, the statement Either it will rain tomorrow or it will not rain tomorrow.

[Late Latin tautologia, from Greek tautologiā, from tautologos, redundant : tauto-, tauto- + logos, saying; see -logy.]

tau′to·log′i·cal (tôt′l-ŏj′ĭ-kəl), tau′to·log′ic (-ĭk), tau·tol′o·gous (-tŏl′ə-gəs) adj.
tau′to·log′i·cal·ly, tau·tol′o·gous·ly adv.

tautology

(tɔːˈtɒlədʒɪ)
n, pl -gies
1. (Grammar) the use of words that merely repeat elements of the meaning already conveyed, as in the sentence Will these supplies be adequate enough? in place of Will these supplies be adequate?
2. (Logic) logic a statement that is always true, esp a truth-functional expression that takes the value true for all combinations of values of its components, as in either the sun is out or the sun is not out. Compare inconsistency3, contingency5
[C16: from Late Latin tautologia, from Greek, from tautologos]
tautological, ˌtautoˈlogic, tauˈtologous adj
ˌtautoˈlogically, tauˈtologously adv

tau•tol•o•gy

(tɔˈtɒl ə dʒi)

n., pl. -gies.
1. needless repetition of an idea in different words, as in “widow woman.”
2. an instance of such repetition.
3. Logic. a compound proposition or propositional form all of whose instances are true, as “A or not A” or “The candidate will win or lose.”
[1570–80; < Late Latin tautologia < Greek tautología. See tauto-, -logy]
tau•to•log•i•cal (ˌtɔt lˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl) tau`to•log′ic, tau•tol′o•gous (-gəs) adj.
tau`to•log′i•cal•ly, tau•tol′o•gous•ly, adv.

tautology

needless repetition of a concept in word or phrase; redundancy or pleonasm. Also tautologism. — tautologist, n.tautological, tautologous, adj.
See also: Language

tautology

unnecessary repetition
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tautology - (logic) a statement that is necessarily true; "the statement `he is brave or he is not brave' is a tautology"
logic - the branch of philosophy that analyzes inference
true statement, truth - a true statement; "he told the truth"; "he thought of answering with the truth but he knew they wouldn't believe it"
2.tautology - useless repetition; "to say that something is `adequate enough' is a tautology"
repetitiousness, repetitiveness - verboseness resulting from excessive repetitions

tautology

noun repetition, redundancy, verbiage, iteration, verbosity, repetitiveness, prolixity, repetitiousness, pleonasm The tautology and circularity of this argument were swept aside.
Translations
tautologie
tautologiatoisto
redundancijatautologijazalihost
tautológia
tautologie

tautology

[tɔːˈtɒlədʒɪ] Ntautología f

tautology

[tɔːˈtɒlədʒi] ntautologie f

tautology

nTautologie f, → weißer Schimmel (inf)

tautology

[tɔːˈtɒlədʒɪ] ntautologia
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The declaration itself, though it may be chargeable with tautology or redundancy, is at least perfectly harmless.
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I had said the same thing over and over again to see whether the wilful tautology would cause the secretary to open his eyes.
My respected father--let me shorten the dutiful tautology by substituting in future M.
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While "compassionate care" seems a tautology, kindness is a concept less difficult and more direct than compassion.
Furthermore, he says, metaphysics is not about us but about the world, despite the tautology that we know the world only as it can be known by us.
In some cases, it creates a brutally succinct expression that matches the realities described; in other cases, the lines seem to lurch forward in a kind of desperate delirium of sonic tautology.
The slightly mesmerizing clicking of her laptop's keyboard is interrupted by Tan's voice as she relects aloud--to herself--on her own words, tautology wrapped in tautology.
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It is a tautology to say that any person must work where there is a job.