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adjective linguistics     tautological pronunciation in British English
/ˌtɔːtəˈlɒdʒɪk(ə)l/

or tautologous     tautologous pronunciation in British English
/tɔːˈtɒləɡəs/

  1. a tautological statement, sentence etc repeats its meaning in an unnecessary way by using different words to say the same thing

    a tautological phrase such as ‘finished and done’

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tautologically

     tautologically pronunciation in British English
/ˌtɔːtəˈlɒdʒɪkli/ adverb
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