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English adjective: supernumerary

1. supernumerary more than is needed, desired, or required

SamplesTrying 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.

Synonymsexcess, extra, redundant, spare, supererogatory, superfluous, surplus

Similarunnecessary, unneeded


English noun: supernumerary

1. supernumerary (person) a person serving no apparent function

SamplesReducing staff is difficult because our employees include no supernumeraries.

Broader (hypernym)individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul

2. supernumerary (person) a minor actor in crowd scenes

Synonymsextra, spear carrier

Broader (hypernym)actor, histrion, player, role player, thespian

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