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supererogatory

[soo-per-uh-rog-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˌsu pər əˈrɒg əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
adjective
1.
going beyond the requirements of duty.
2.
greater than that required or needed; superfluous.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; < Medieval Latin superērogātōrius. See supererogate, -tory1
Related forms
supererogatorily, adverb
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  • We find consideration of this argument to be supererogatory.
  • To say more on this aspect of the case would be supererogatory.
  • To say more about this point would be supererogatory.
British Dictionary definitions for supererogatory

supererogatory

/ˌsuːpərɛˈrɒɡətərɪ; -trɪ/
adjective
1.
performed to an extent exceeding that required or expected
2.
exceeding what is needed; superfluous
3.
(RC Church) of, characterizing, or relating to prayers, good works, etc, performed over and above those prescribed as obligatory
Derived Forms
supererogatorily, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin superērogātōrius; see supererogate
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Contemporary definitions for supererogatory
adjective

going beyond what is required; superfluous

Word Origin

Latin super- + erogare 'to pay out'

adjective

unnecessary

Word Origin

Latin super- + erogare 'to pay out'

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Word Origin and History for supererogatory
adj.

1590s, from Medieval Latin supererogatorius, from supererogat-, stem of supererogare (see supererogation).

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