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1. Surplus; excess.
2. An excess of words; verbiage.
3. Law Words or allegations in a legal document or pleading that do not have any legal value.
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1. (Law) law (in pleading, etc) irrelevant matter, such as a superfluous allegation
2. an excess of words
3. a less common word for surplus
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(ˈsɜr plʌs ɪdʒ)

1. something that is surplus; an excess amount.
2. an excess of words, esp. in pleading a case.
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Noun1.surplusage - a quantity much larger than is neededsurplusage - a quantity much larger than is needed
overmuch, overmuchness, superabundance, overabundance - a quantity that is more than what is appropriate; "four-year-olds have an overabundance of energy"; "we received an inundation of email"
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An amount or quantity beyond what is needed, desired, or appropriate:
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