Supernumerary

Definition of Supernumerary

Su`per`nu´mer`a`ry
a.1.Exceeding the number stated or prescribed; as, a supernumerary officer in a regiment.
2.Exceeding a necessary, usual, or required number or quality; superfluous; as, supernumerary addresses; supernumerary expense.
n.1.A person or thing beyond the number stated.
2.A person or thing beyond what is necessary or usual; especially, a person employed not for regular service, but only to fill the place of another in case of need; specifically, in theaters, a person who is not a regular actor, but is employed to appear in a stage spectacle.

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excess, extra, redundant, spare, supererogatory, superfluous, surplus, unnecessary, unneeded
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