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 ‎(comparative more superfluous, superlative most superfluous)

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

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