noun Date: 15th century 1. surplus 1a 2. a. excessive or nonessential matter b. matter introduced in legal pleading which is not necessary or relevant to the case

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  • surplusage — sur·plus·age / sər ˌplə sij/ n: excessive or nonessential matter; esp: matter contained in a pleading that is unnecessary or irrelevant Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. surplusage …   Law dictionary

  • Surplusage — Sur plus*age, n. [See {Surplus}, and cf. {Superplusage}.] 1. Surplus; excess; overplus; as, surplusage of grain or goods beyond what is wanted. [1913 Webster] Take what thou please of all this surplusage. Spenser. [1913 Webster] A surplusage… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • surplusage — surplus, superfluity, overplus, *excess Analogous words: & Antonyms: see those at SURPLUS n …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • surplusage — [sʉr′plus΄ij, sʉr′pləsij] n. [ME: see SURPLUS & AGE] 1. surplus; excess 2. a) irrelevant or superfluous words or matter b) Law such matter in the pleading of a case …   English World dictionary

  • Surplusage — In jurisprudence, surplusage is a useless statement completely irrelevant to the cause. Surplusages may be included in any declaration, plea, or claim. According to LectLaw ref|lectlaw References # [ Lectlaw]… …   Wikipedia

  • surplusage — noun A surplus; a superabundance. If then thee list my offred grace to vse, / Take what thou please of all this surplusage; / If thee list not, leaue haue thou to refuse [...] …   Wiktionary

  • surplusage — /serr plus ij/, n. 1. something that is surplus; an excess amount. 2. an excess of words. [1375 1425; late ME; see SURPLUS, AGE] * * * …   Universalium

  • surplusage — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun An amount or quantity beyond what is needed, desired, or appropriate: excess, fat, glut, overage, overflow, overmuch, overrun, overstock, oversupply, superfluity, surplus. See EXCESS …   English dictionary for students

  • surplusage — sur·plus·age || sÉœrplÊŒs /s / sɜːplÉ™s n. surplus; wordiness, verbiage, excess of words; parts of a pleading that are excessive and unnecessary (Law) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • surplusage — n. 1. See surplus. 2. (Law.) Irrelevant matter …   New dictionary of synonyms

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