Word: Tautological

As I read BAP cases, I have to look up some interesting word choices.  I will try to put one up a week.


Judge Markell, said “Although it is tautological that liens securing payment obligations can be satisfied by paying the money owed, it does not necessarily follow that such liens can be satisfied by paying any sum, however large or small.”   In re PW, LLC (Clear Channel Outdoor).

Tautological, in rhetoric, is a method of argument where the person simply repeats the same arguments using different phrases or words while trying to cover up the lack of evidence or valid reasoning supporting the conclusion.

I thought this was ‘circular reasoning,’ but it is different.  Circular reasoning just restates the premise as the conclusion, instead of reaching the conclusion from the premise.

Examples of tautology are as follows:

Tautology in Sentences

  • I went there personally.
  • The car cost $20,000 dollars.
  • I need a new hot water heater.
  • My first priority is to lose weight.
  • There is a lot of frozen ice on the road.
  • That is totally and completely ridiculous.
  • Let’s order a hoagie sandwich.
  • In my opinion, I think he is wrong.

Tautology in Acronyms

  • ATM Machine
  • CD-ROM disc
  • DVD disk
  • GPS system
  • HIV virus

Logic Tautology

  • Either it will rain tomorrow or it won’t rain.
  • Bill will win the election or he will not win the election.

Tautology in Song

  • “I want to live while I am alive” – Bon Jovi
  • “There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done. There’s nothing you can sing that can’t be sung” – The Beatles
  • “Que sera, sera. Whatever will be, will be” – Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
  • “Shout it out loud!” – Kiss

Tautology in Advertising

  • Added Bonus!
  • McDonald’s new Zesty Mango McMini is really zesty.
  • Please prepay in advance
  • The store is giving away free tickets!
  • The World’s Greatest Spokesman in the World!

Source: http://examples.yourdictionary.com/examples-of-tautology.html

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