1590s, from Latin redundantem (nominative redundans ), present participle of redundare , literally "overflow, pour over; be over-full;" figuratively "be in excess," from re- "again" (see re- ) + undare "rise in waves," from unda "a wave" (see water (n.1)). Of persons, in employment situations, from 1928, chiefly British. Related: Redundantly .
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From Latin redundans , present participle of redundare (“to overflow, redound"), from red- (“again, back") + undo (“to surge, flood"), from unda (“a wave").