Extraneous matter; impertinent, superfluous, or unnecessary.
In pleadings, surplusage refers to allegations that are not relevant to the cause of action. Under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, upon a motion, a court can strike from the pleadings any surplusage, such as an insufficient defense or an immaterial matter.
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