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more than is needed or wanted

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superfluous - unnecessary

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Somebody or something ‘superfluous’ is regarded as unnecessary due to exceeding what is sufficient or required. Generally speaking, such a thing can be removed without detracting from the quality of something, and in fact its elimination often improves functionality. However, occasionally things are considered superfluous erroneously. Mostly used in a professional context.

Synonyms redundant,excessive,needless
Antonyms essential,critical

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  1. Nobody at the meeting wanted to hear my thoughts on the issue. My presence there was entirely superfluous.

  2. An editor has reviewed the article and shorn it of all its superfluity. It is now ready to be published.

  3. Emily made a great sales pitch, but then superfluously began talking about herself and undid a lot of her good work.

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