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tautology (tɔːˈtɒlədʒɪ Pronunciation for tautology



(plural) -gies
  1. the use of words that merely repeat elements of the meaning already conveyed, as in the sentence Will these supplies be adequate enough? in place of Will these supplies be adequate?
  2. (logic) a statement that is always true, esp a truth-functional expression that takes the value true for all combinations of values of its components, as in either the sun is out or the sun is not out Compare inconsistency (sense 3), contingency (sense 5)

Derived Forms

tautological (ˌtɔːtəˈlɒdʒɪkəl Pronunciation for tautological , ˌtautoˈlogic, tauˈtologous adjective
ˌtautoˈlogically, tauˈtologously adverb

Word Origin

C16: from Late Latin tautologia, from Greek, from tautologos


View thesaurus entry
= repetition, redundancy, verbiage, iteration, verbosity, repetitiveness, prolixity, repetitiousness, pleonasm

Example Sentences Including 'tautology'

Athens gave us a great Olympics, and if you think that's tautology , all the more reason to support the bid.
Times, Sunday Times (2004)
But to call such things humane is a tautology , like assessing a dog's behaviour by calling it canine.
Spiked (2005)
His axiom, which has become a proverb, was almost a tautology.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
It's spacious for its class, so is well worth considering if you're a cash-strapped family man (if that's not tautology !
The Mercury, Sunday Tasmanian (2004)
Then there is a group of words concerned with words - cliche, tautology , verbosity, simile, epigram, ambiguous, metaphorical, anticlimax.
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