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Pleonastic \Ple`o*nas"tic\, Pleonastical \Ple`o*nas"tic*al\, a. Of or pertaining to pleonasm; of the nature of pleonasm; redundant.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1778, with -ic + Greek pleonastos "abundant," from pleonazein (see pleonasm). Related: Pleonastical (1650s).


a. 1 Of, or relating to pleonasm. 2 Using an excessive number of words; especially using different words having the same meaning.


adj. repetition of same sense in different words; "`a true fact' and `a free gift' are pleonastic expressions"; "the phrase `a beginner who has just started' is tautological"; "at the risk of being redundant I return to my original proposition"- J.B.Conant [syn: redundant, tautologic, tautological]

Usage examples of "pleonastic".

We hold your nugaciously pleonastic writings here in grand esteem, alla prima, and consider them to be, as the saying goes, of the most beautiful water!