superfluous

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From Latin superfluus ‎(superfluous), from superfluō ‎(overflow), from super ‎(above, more than, over) + fluō ‎(flow). Compare mellifluous and fluid, also from Latin. Literally corresponds to overflow, which is from Germanic, rather than Latin.

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superfluous ‎(not comparable)

  1. In excess of what is required or sufficient.
    With a full rain suit, carrying an umbrella may be superfluous.

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