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[soo-per-floo-i-tee] /ˌsu pərˈflu ɪ ti/
noun, plural superfluities.
the state of being superfluous.
a superabundant or excessive amount.
something superfluous, as a luxury.
Origin of superfluity
1350-1400; Middle English superfluite < Old French < Latin superfluitās. See superfluous, -ity Unabridged
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  • What they could have bought with a little of their superfluity will not be for sale at any price once the strong decide to take.
  • superfluity comes sooner by white hairs, but competency lives longer.
  • Simplicity is welcome as long as the point is to avoid superfluity.
  • Interestingly, this example of a sentence ended with a preposition is also an example of superfluity.
  • Under the canons of statutory construction each word in a statute should be given effect and linguistic superfluity avoided.
  • In short, the appellant's position confuses superfluity with inapplicability.
  • To tell tho truth, the lake was some what of a superfluity yesterday.
  • There is no other way to get rid of a superfluity, which cannot be sim ply thrown away for fear of creating a nuisance.
British Dictionary definitions for superfluity


the condition of being superfluous
a quantity or thing that is in excess of what is needed
a thing that is not needed
Word Origin
C14: from Old French superfluité, via Late Latin from Latin superfluussuperfluous
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Word Origin and History for superfluity

late 14c., from Old French superfluite (12c.), from Medieval Latin superfluitas, from superfluus (see superfluous).

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