Is there a name for a situation where a word is not needed because a the previous word doesn’t require it?

Example: heart attacks are harmful for your health. “harmful” makes no sense there because heart attacks are not beneficial.

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    Redundancy? I wouldn't call it redundant here, though, "heart attacks are […] for your health" doesn't make any sense.
    – Draconis
    Apr 22 '21 at 1:13
  • Redundant would be “a harmful heart attack”. Apr 23 '21 at 3:40

I believe you're looking for pleonasm.


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