Definition of redundancy in US English:


nounPlural redundancies

  • 1The state of being not or no longer needed or useful.

    ‘the redundancy of 19th-century heavy plant machinery’
    • ‘Sure, there's a good deal of redundancy here, but such redundancy is often rhetorically valuable.’
    • ‘As I have been writing for years with stupefying redundancy - and obvious lack of success - this idea is a hoax.’
    • ‘Singles are one of the most deceptive pieces of redundancy every created in music (topped only by the entire pop-punk genre).’
    • ‘Worse still, the electro beat that underscores most of the album wears thin to the point of redundancy by the time the closing track rolls around.’
    • ‘To me it's about middle-management types not being able to let go and trust a professional to do what they can't, lest redundancy of their job be revealed.’
    superfluity, unnecessariness, expendability, uselessness, excess
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    1. 1.1British The state of being no longer employed because there is no more work available.
      ‘the factory's workers face redundancy’
      • ‘When it went into administration in May, more than 2,500 lost their jobs and there was fury that many were notified of their redundancy by phone text message.’
      • ‘Companies have looked at options other than redundancy, with 50% of companies considering short-time working.’
      • ‘The firm said it hoped many of the job losses would be through voluntary redundancy.’
      • ‘But they can't rule out the possibility of redundancy.’
      • ‘Many are having great difficulties keeping their dignity in a culture where redundancy is still equated with incompetence and laziness.’
      • ‘It is offering a voluntary severance package to its 900 staff - compulsory redundancy will follow if necessary.’
      • ‘About 60 per cent of the insurance premium paid is to provide for redundancy.’
      • ‘While there will be some staff leaving employment this week, no new redundancies are being announced.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, there are fears some temporary staff may be laid off this week and 45 trainee pilots are also facing immediate redundancy.’
      • ‘Mr Moss said voluntary redundancies were preferable over compulsory redundancies.’
      • ‘The debt is causing concern among staff that redundancies may follow.’
      • ‘One member of staff said workers were in tears when they were told of the redundancies.’
      • ‘Staff do not yet know which of them will be laid off, but were told the redundancies would be made in the next year.’
      • ‘The gap between rich and poor has widened and Brenda has seen people suddenly move from comfortable middle class lives to the poverty trap through redundancy or illness.’
      • ‘The march was led by a contingent of Fiat car workers who are fighting redundancies.’
      • ‘Bradford College is offering staff voluntary redundancy to help pull itself out of a projected deficit of at least £1.3 million.’
      • ‘The workforce has been reduced by voluntary redundancy from 380 to 310, with the removal of 40 temporary workers and 30 permanently employed.’
      • ‘However, bosses have told workers that they are not planning any compulsory redundancies.’
      • ‘But they have offered just two weeks' redundancy, the statutory amount, 60% of which will be paid by the government.’
      • ‘They will discuss ways of reducing the workforce by 130 through voluntary redundancies.’
      sacking, dismissal, lay-off, discharge, notice
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    2. 1.2Engineering The inclusion of extra components which are not strictly necessary to functioning, in case of failure in other components.
      ‘a high degree of redundancy is built into the machinery installation’
      • ‘This level of redundancy exists not only at the component level, but also at the distribution level.’
      • ‘The higher the availability requirements, the more redundancy and component removability you require.’
      • ‘Without an understanding of where breakdowns and failures occur, redundancy is the insurance policy.’
      • ‘The helicopter systems and components have redundancy, the duplicated systems being installed on opposite sides of the fuselage.’
      • ‘Two of the most important factors structural engineers have to consider are robustness and redundancy.’