Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    That which is not relevant or pertinent.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In equity pleading. That which does not belong to a pleading, interrogatory, or other proceeding; out of place; superfluous; irrelevant. At law. A term applied to matter not necessary to constitute the cause of action or ground of defense. Cowp. 683 ; 5 Blast, 275; Tucker v. Randall, 2 Mass. 283. It constitutes surplusage, (which see.)