Definition of redundant in English:



  • 1Not or no longer needed or useful; superfluous.

    ‘an appropriate use for a redundant church’
    ‘many of the old skills had become redundant’
    • ‘The original St John's Church became redundant in 1938 and was once threatened with demolition through road-widening.’
    • ‘It is redundant and unnecessary, just like most government programs.’
    • ‘As much as 75 per cent of e-mails are made up of redundant or unwanted messages.’
    • ‘Eleven years later, it was followed by one of the most unnecessary and redundant sequels ever produced.’
    • ‘The Congress found this system to be redundant and unnecessary for this effort.’
    • ‘Across Scotland, cities are pock-marked with redundant churches converted into pubs, DIY outlets and designer flats.’
    • ‘Get rid of any redundant or unwanted items and survey what is left.’
    • ‘Another report, assessment and approval by City Council would have been redundant and a wasteful expenditure of time and money.’
    • ‘There are a few plotlines and characters - Sophie's mother in particular - that are somewhat redundant and unnecessary.’
    • ‘The future of another redundant church is also uncertain.’
    • ‘One area which could come under the spotlight is the state's property portfolio and the disposal of redundant property and land.’
    • ‘Dispensing with redundant staff may sound like sensible business practice, like cutting away dead wood.’
    • ‘In time these training sessions became redundant and unnecessary.’
    • ‘That makes any introduction I could write for him useless and redundant.’
    • ‘Now, the Parochial Church Council has decided it can no longer delay the inevitable and will apply for the church to be made redundant.’
    • ‘Some coaches feel this insurance is redundant and unnecessary.’
    • ‘Despite St Martin's officially being a redundant church, which cannot stage weddings, Jenny was determined that she should tie the knot in her home village.’
    • ‘Architects were needed to transform buildings made redundant by the Revolution, such as churches, into buildings serving new public needs.’
    • ‘That is because St Martin's Church in Whenby was redundant.’
    • ‘The fax machine has been rendered almost redundant as information and documents are routinely exchanged at the press of a button.’
    unnecessary, not required, inessential, unessential, needless, unneeded, uncalled for, dispensable, disposable, expendable, unwanted, useless
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    1. 1.1British No longer in employment because there is no more work available.
      ‘eight permanent staff were made redundant’
      • ‘David was a farm manager, but he was made redundant last year and so we decided to try to go into business ourselves.’
      • ‘My partner was made redundant last November and hasn't secured further employment as yet.’
      • ‘This initially took the form of the Redundancy Payments Act of 1965, which obliged employers to pay compensation to employees who were made redundant.’
      • ‘Workers who have been made redundant will be able to make claims up to £280 a week for pay, holiday pay, pay in lieu of notice and redundancy.’
      • ‘On Friday last, 32 people that were made redundant left the company but these redundancies had been finalised before the takeover.’
      • ‘Six months later he was made redundant by the small firm that employed him.’
      • ‘The employer sold the business some years after the employee commenced work and the employee was made redundant.’
      • ‘‘I had been thinking about this idea for some time and, when I was made redundant, it seemed like a great time to try it,’ he said.’
      • ‘You may have mortgage payment protection insurance to cover the monthly amount should you have an accident, go sick or are made redundant.’
      • ‘Their financial situation intervened however, and finally I was made redundant, along with two other employees.’
      • ‘A number of the employees were made redundant but the receiver hoped to carry on with the remaining workforce until February.’
      • ‘My wife was made redundant two weeks after we launched the business.’
      • ‘All of us feel sympathy for employees at factories and plants who are made redundant by companies based in other countries.’
      • ‘Remember that the options available to individuals leaving employment are the same, whether you are made redundant or not.’
      • ‘Working as a legal executive, Tony was made redundant seven years ago after 27 years in the business.’
      • ‘Two years ago, up to 250 workers were made redundant.’
      • ‘How many doctors are made redundant or sacked, have to change career completely, or go bankrupt?’
      • ‘He said: ‘I was made redundant and then they found me a job as a clerk at Paddington Station.’’
      • ‘More than 50 were made redundant on the spot and the rest were kept on for a few days, but I expect they'll be gone by Friday as well.’
      • ‘The council claimed its ambition to support the results of the scheme financially could not be achieved unless more than 120 employees were made redundant.’
      sacked, dismissed, laid off, discharged
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    2. 1.2 (of words or data) able to be omitted without loss of meaning or function.
      ‘our peculiar affection for redundant phrases’
      ‘most of the inflectional endings are redundant’
      • ‘‘He's just a nice guy,’ she finished, as if any other words would be completely redundant.’
      • ‘As I read them, those words are entirely redundant.’
      • ‘Ellis has not left a redundant word in this script; it's fast-paced, full of content and directly relevant to the lives and experiences of the audience.’
      • ‘Some modern editors have occasionally been known to spoil the nicely turned prose of an accomplished writer by adding clumsy or redundant phrases!’
      • ‘A redundant expression combines two words that mean the same thing, thereby intensifying the effect.’
    3. 1.3Engineering (of a component) not strictly necessary to functioning but included in case of failure in another component.
      ‘the modules are linked using a redundant fibre-optic cable’
      • ‘There is a single path for power and cooling distribution, with no redundant components; all systems are N.’
      • ‘Some of these components are redundant while others are critical paths so that any failure will bring the whole system down.’
      • ‘Because these systems include redundant components, even strong perturbations may lead to only a subtle phenotype.’
      • ‘In addition, each of these components will also typically have redundant internal components.’
      • ‘A redundant power supply, as well as emergency backup, is essential.’


Late 16th century (in the sense ‘abundant’): from Latin redundant- ‘surging up’, from the verb redundare (see redound).