Necessary vs Superfluous - What's the difference?
As adjectives the difference between necessary and superfluous
is that necessary
is needed, required while superfluous
is in excess of what is required or sufficient.
As a noun necessary
is (archaic|british) bathroom, toilet, loo.
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
- 'Tis necessary he should die.
Such as must be; not to be avoided; inevitable.
- A certain kind of temper is necessary to the pleasure and quiet of our minds.
Acting from necessity or compulsion; involuntary.
- Death, a necessary end, / Will come when it will come.
- Whether man is a necessary or a free agent is a question much discussed.
* (needed) See also
* (such as must be) inevitable, natural
* (needed) unnecessary
* (such as must be) evitable, incidental, impossible
* necessary condition
(archaic, British) bathroom, toilet, loo
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