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Definition 1: a quantity much larger than is needed - [noun denoting attribute]

Synonyms for surplus in the sense of this definition

(surplus is a kind of ...) a quantity that is more than what is appropriate

"four-year-olds have an overabundance of energy" "we received an inundation of email"

Definition 2: more than is needed, desired, or required - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where surplus or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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 for surplus in the sense of this definition

(surplus is similar to ...) not necessary

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