V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. more than is needed or desired; 2. having no useful purpose

Synonyms: inessential, extravagant, excessive, unnecessary

Antonyms: deficient, essential, vital, necessary

Tips: Superfluous is derived from the Latin superfluere, meaning "to overflow. Think of fluid overflowing a bowl or having too much of something--this is the idea of superfluous. Something superfluous is excessive and unnecessary. Use superfluous as a sophisticated way of commenting on excess or anything that is really not needed and wasteful (see usage examples).

Usage Examples:

We need to edit this story to make it more brief, so please delete any superfluous words. (unnecessary, inessential)

Please edit this memo by removing the superfluous details. (excessive, unnecessary)

We'll need to cut all superfluous projects in order to stay within our budget. (inessential, unnecessary)

I'm eliminating all superfluous clutter from my home and donating most of my belongings to charity. (excessive, inessential)

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