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supernumerary meaning and definition

Definition and meaning of supernumerary at MeaningMonkey.org. supernumerary meaning and definition in the English Dictionary.


Definition of supernumerary (noun)

  1. a person serving no apparent function
    • "reducing staff is difficult because our employees include no supernumeraries"
  2. a minor actor in crowd scenes


Definition of supernumerary (adjective)

  1. 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"
    • synonyms: excess, extra, redundant, spare, supererogatory, superfluous, surplus
Source: Princeton University Wordnet

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