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[sur-pluhs-ij] /ˈsɜr plʌs ɪdʒ/
something that is surplus; an excess amount.
an excess of words.
Origin of surplusage
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English; see surplus, -age Unabridged
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Examples from the web for surplusage
  • It would be mere surplusage to dwell further upon the influence of the grotesque in the third civilization.
  • The defendant's motion to strike surplusage from the indictment and the motion to dismiss the indictment are somewhat related.
  • The court on motion by either party may strike surplusage from the indictment or information.
  • It is well settled that no provision of law should be construed so as to render a word or clause surplusage.
  • We must give effect to every word in the statute, if possible, so as not to treat words as surplusage.
  • At times, words in indictments may properly be labeled as surplusage.
  • On a defendant's motion the court may strike surplusage from the indictment.
British Dictionary definitions for surplusage


(law) (in pleading, etc) irrelevant matter, such as a superfluous allegation
an excess of words
a less common word for surplus
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