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Wordnet 3.0

ADJECTIVE (2)

1. serving no useful purpose; having no excuse for being;
- Example: "otiose lines in a play"
- Example: "advice is wasted words"
- Example: "a pointless remark"
- Example: "a life essentially purposeless"
- Example: "senseless violence"
[syn: otiose, pointless, purposeless, senseless, superfluous, wasted]

2. more than is needed, desired, or required;
- Example: "trying to lose excess weight"
- Example: "found some extra change lying on the dresser"
- Example: "yet another book on heraldry might be thought redundant"
- Example: "skills made redundant by technological advance"
- Example: "sleeping in the spare room"
- Example: "supernumerary ornamentation"
- Example: "it was supererogatory of her to gloat"
- Example: "delete superfluous (or unnecessary) words"
- Example: "extra ribs as well as other supernumerary internal parts"
- Example: "surplus cheese distributed to the needy"
[syn: excess, extra, redundant, spare, supererogatory, superfluous, supernumerary, surplus]

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3 definitions retrieved:

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Superfluous \Su*per"flu*ous\, a. [L. superfluus overflowing; super over, above + fluere to flow. See Super-, and Fluent.] More than is wanted or is sufficient; rendered unnecessary by superabundance; unnecessary; useless; excessive; as, a superfluous price. --Shak. [1913 Webster] An authority which makes all further argument or illustration superfluous. --E. Everett. [1913 Webster] Superfluous interval (Mus.), an interval that exceeds a major or perfect interval by a semitone. [1913 Webster] Syn: Unnecessary; useless; exuberant; excessive; redundant; needless. [1913 Webster] -- Su*per"flu*ous*ly, adv. -- Su*per"flu*ous*ness, n. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

superfluous adj 1: serving no useful purpose; having no excuse for being; "otiose lines in a play"; "advice is wasted words"; "a pointless remark"; "a life essentially purposeless"; "senseless violence" [syn: otiose, pointless, purposeless, senseless, superfluous, wasted] 2: more than is needed, desired, or required; "trying to lose excess weight"; "found some extra change lying on the dresser"; "yet another book on heraldry might be thought redundant"; "skills made redundant by technological advance"; "sleeping in the spare room"; "supernumerary ornamentation"; "it was supererogatory of her to gloat"; "delete superfluous (or unnecessary) words"; "extra ribs as well as other supernumerary internal parts"; "surplus cheese distributed to the needy" [syn: excess, extra, redundant, spare, supererogatory, superfluous, supernumerary, surplus]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

73 Moby Thesaurus words for "superfluous": accessory, accidental, additional, adscititious, adventitious, aimless, appurtenant, ascititious, auxiliary, casual, circumstantial, collateral, contingent, de trop, dispensable, excess, excessive, expendable, expletive, extra, feckless, fortuitous, gratuitous, impotent, in excess, incidental, ineffective, ineffectual, inessential, left, leftover, meaningless, needless, net, no go, nonessential, odd, of no use, outstanding, over, pleonastic, pointless, prolix, purposeless, redundant, remaining, remanent, secondary, spare, subsidiary, superabundant, superadded, supererogatory, supernumerary, supervenient, supplemental, supplementary, surplus, surviving, tautologic, tautologous, to spare, unasked, unavailing, uncalled-for, unconsumed, unessential, unnecessary, unneeded, unused, unwanted, useless, verbose