American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Needless repetition of the same sense in different words; redundancy.
- n. An instance of such repetition.
- n. Logic An empty or vacuous statement composed of simpler statements in a fashion that makes it logically true whether the simpler statements are factually true or false; for example, the statement Either it will rain tomorrow or it will not rain tomorrow.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Repetition of the same word, or use of several words conveying the same idea, in the same immediate context. See dilogy.
- n. The repetition of the same thing in different words; the useless repetition of the same idea or meaning: as, “they did it successively one after the other”; “both simultaneously made their appearance at one and the same time.” Tautology is repetition without addition of force or clearness, and is disguised by a change of wording; it differs from the repetition which is used for clearness, emphasis, or effect, and which may be either in the same or in different words.
- n. Synonyms Redundancy, etc. See pleonasm.
- n. uncountable redundant use of words
- n. countable An expression that features tautology.
- n. countable, logic A statement that is true for all values of its variables
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Rhet.) A repetition of the same meaning in different words; needless repetition of an idea in different words or phrases; a representation of anything as the cause, condition, or consequence of itself, as in the following lines: -- . The dawn is overcast, the morning lowers, And heavily in clouds brings on the day. Addison.
- n. (logic) a statement that is necessarily true
- n. useless repetition
- From Late Latin tautologia, from Ancient Greek ταυτολογία (tautología) from ταὐτός (tautós, "the same") + λόγος (lógos, "explanation") (Wiktionary)
- Late Latin tautologia, from Greek tautologiā, from tautologos, redundant : tauto-, tauto- + logos, saying; see -logy. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“This is the logical notion of tautology, which is very different from the way the term tautology is used in stylistics”
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“And to say so is not to engage in tautology, which I think you were referring to, Andrew, when you made that remark about philosophy classes.”
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“Cato - Its an absolute certainty that your close scrutiny revealed a tautology, which is an added bonus.”
“Homer Nods We erred yesterday in characterizing as a tautology the statement that if obese people outnumber the merely overweight, they must also outweigh them.”
“Will someone please explain to Egnor that a tautology is a kind of statement, not a kind of concept?”
“That is not a tautology, that is just being confused and contradictary”
“A tautology is a logical fact, one that is independent of any empirical observation.”
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