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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.
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Adj.1.tautological - repetition of same sense in different words; "`a true fact' and `a free gift' are pleonastic expressions"; "the phrase `a beginner who has just started' is tautological"; "at the risk of being redundant I return to my original proposition"- J.B.Conant
prolix - tediously prolonged or tending to speak or write at great length; "editing a prolix manuscript"; "a prolix lecturer telling you more than you want to know"
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tautological

adjective
Characterized by repetition and excessive wordiness:
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Translations

tautological

[ˌtɔːtəˈlɒdʒɪkəl] ADJtautológico
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

tautological

[ˌtɔːtəˈlɒdʒɪkəl] adjtautologique
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

tautological

, tautologous
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

tautological

[ˌtɔːtəˈlɒdʒɪkl] adjtautologico/a
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
References in classic literature ?
But in English, when we have used a word a couple of times in a paragraph, we imagine we are growing tautological, and so we are weak enough to exchange it for some other word which only approximates exactness, to escape what we wrongly fancy is a greater blemish.
While this analysis may seem compelling, it is ultimately tautological for the very premises that it ignores.
But now I think it's time to discuss something that probably seems tautological: why in a world of conversational AI, conversational AI needs to actually be conversational.
That is why to "give first priority to" is to utter tautological rubbish.
Tracker and Leopard trade this motto, use it as proof of life's grimness, but also know that it is ultimately tautological and self-referential: no one, a man without a name, loves no one--either himself, or another man without a name, another no one.
This nearly tautological definition of webster is composed only of related words, not surprisingly.
This is one of the worst examples of politicians uttering tautological nonsense on a subject of crucial importance in modern times.
Renditions of MMT range from the panacean to the tautological, but certain common elements recur.
Looking back, there is growing consensus that these popular tautological new wisdoms at that time proved seminal to the destruction of our painstakingly built infrastructures which were further aggravated by the pursuit of a republican, federal and secular constitution for which the Maoist movement was later deemed utilitarian as per the seeming public ambitions denied the population by the old state.
From an African investor's perspective, many of these concerns appear to be puzzling and ultimately tautological in their thought process.
JC A poem would be at its most beautiful, for me as a reader, if it could be purely tautological. "A tree is a tree"--that's a great poem.