Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Surplus; excess.
  • n. An excess of words; verbiage.
  • n. Law Irrelevant matter in a pleading.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A surplus; a superabundance.
  • n. Matter in pleading which is not necessary or relevant to the case, and may be rejected.
  • n. A greater disbursement than the charge of the accountant amounts to.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Surplus; excess; overplus.
  • n. Matter in pleading which is not necessary or relevant to the case, and which may be rejected.
  • n. A greater disbursement than the charge of the accountant amounts to.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Surplus; excess; redundancy.
  • n. In law, any allegation or statement in a pleading or proceeding not necessary to its adequacy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a quantity much larger than is needed

Etymologies

From Medieval Latin surplusagium, from surplus. (Wiktionary)

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  • An excess of sausages.

    August 15, 2008