Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun supernumerary

2 senses of supernumerary

Sense 1
supernumerary -- (a person serving no apparent function; "reducing staff is difficult because our employees include no supernumeraries")
       => person, individual, someone, somebody, mortal, soul -- (a human being; "there was too much for one person to do")

Sense 2
supernumerary, spear carrier, extra -- (a minor actor in crowd scenes)
       => actor, histrion, player, thespian, role player -- (a theatrical performer)

Antonyms of adj supernumerary

1 sense of supernumerary

Sense 1
excess, extra, redundant, spare, supererogatory, superfluous, supernumerary, surplus -- (more than is needed, desired, or required; "trying to lose excess weight"; "found some extra change lying on the dresser"; "yet another book on heraldry might be thought redundant"; "skills made redundant by technological advance"; "sleeping in the spare room"; "supernumerary ornamentation"; "it was supererogatory of her to gloat"; "delete superfluous (or unnecessary) words"; "extra ribs as well as other supernumerary internal parts"; "surplus cheese distributed to the needy")

INDIRECT (VIA unnecessary) -> necessary -- (absolutely essential)

Similarity of adj supernumerary

1 sense of supernumerary

Sense 1
excess, extra, redundant, spare, supererogatory, superfluous, supernumerary, surplus -- (more than is needed, desired, or required; "trying to lose excess weight"; "found some extra change lying on the dresser"; "yet another book on heraldry might be thought redundant"; "skills made redundant by technological advance"; "sleeping in the spare room"; "supernumerary ornamentation"; "it was supererogatory of her to gloat"; "delete superfluous (or unnecessary) words"; "extra ribs as well as other supernumerary internal parts"; "surplus cheese distributed to the needy")
       => unnecessary (vs. necessary), unneeded -- (not necessary)

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