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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.


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


(ˈsɜr plʌs ɪdʒ)

1. something that is surplus; an excess amount.
2. an excess of words, esp. in pleading a case.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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"


An amount or quantity beyond what is needed, desired, or appropriate:
References in classic literature ?
The German emperor of that day made the usual offer: he would grant to the destroyer of the dragon, any one solitary thing he might ask for; for he had a surplusage of daughters, and it was customary for dragon-killers to take a daughter for pay.
A surplusage given to one part is paid out of a reduction from another part of the same creature.
However, the Ninth Circuit responded that the other authorization sections applied to different types of facilities, and that the plain text of the Stormwater Permit was sufficiently clear to justify an interpretation resulting in surplusage.
shall be considered part of the original patent" surplusage.
Any other reading of the statute would render one part of the statutory test surplusage.
That context includes, first, the entirety of the statutory text, which is to be read as a coherent whole according to well-known canons of interpretation (avoiding surplusage, the rules of consistent usage and meaningful variation, and so on) (pp.
First, it is a well-established rule of legal interpretation that each word or clause in an authoritative legal text is to be given meaning, if possible; no part of the text should be rendered "mere surplusage.
In general, the case law recognizes that either section 2-207 applies to any "additional" terms in such confirmations by treating such terms as if they were in an acceptance of the offer, or it does not apply because the contract has already been formed by shipment and any additional terms are inoperative as mere surplusage.
use common legal jargon, supernumerary surplusage signifying nothing
simply surplusage, and "striking these words did not render the