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- (uncountable) Redundant use of words, a pleonasm, an unnecessary and tedious repetition.
- It is tautology to say, "Forward Planning".
- (countable) An expression that features tautology.
- The expression "raze to the ground" is a tautology, since the word "raze" includes the notion "to the ground".
1946, Bertrand Russell, History of Western Philosophy:
- Pure mathematics consists of tautologies, analogous to ‘men are men’, but usually more complicated.
- (countable, logic) In propositional logic: a statement that is true for all truth values of its propositional variables. In first-order logic: a statement that is true for all truth values of its Boolean atoms.
terms derived from tautology (noun)
uncountable: redundant use of words
expression that features tautology