Auxiliary vs Superfluous - What's the difference?

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Auxiliary is a related term of superfluous.

As adjectives the difference between auxiliary and superfluous

is that auxiliary is helping]]; [[give|giving assistance or support while superfluous is in excess of what is required or sufficient.

As a noun auxiliary

is a person or group that acts in an auxiliary manner.




  • Helping]]; [[give, giving assistance or support.
  • auxiliary troops
  • Supplementary or subsidiary.
  • Held in reserve for exceptional circumstances.
  • (nautical) Of a ship, having both sails and an engine.
  • (grammar) Relating to an auxiliary verb.
  • Synonyms

    * (supplementary) accessory * (having sails and engine) motorsailer


  • A person or group that acts in an auxiliary manner.
  • A sailing vessel equipped with an engine.
  • (grammar) An auxiliary verb.
  • *
  • The three traditionally recognized Non-modal Auxiliaries' are the per-
    fective '''Auxiliary''' ''have'', the progressive '''Auxiliary''' ''be'', and the passive '''Auxiliary

    ''be''. Perfective ''have'' is so-called because it marks the completion (hence, ''perfec-
    tion'') of an action; it is followed by a VP headed by a perfective ''-n'' participle, as
    (121)    The referee has [VP ''shown
    him the red card]
  • A marching band colorguard.
  • See also

    * axillary




  • In excess of what is required or sufficient.
  • With a full rain suit, carrying an umbrella may be superfluous .


    * excessive, extraneous, extra, pleonastic, supernumerary, surplus, unnecessary, extravagant

    Coordinate terms

    * gratuitous