When something is implied but we still state it to reinforce the idea, I suspect it might be tautology but isn't tautology repetition of idea in different form ? implication is not required in tautology I think

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I think that you might be looking for pleonasm, rather than tautology.

According to Collins pleonasm :

noun (rhetoric)

1) the use of more words than necessary or an instance of this, such as a tiny little child

Also according to Collins, tautology :

noun (plural) -gies

1) the use of words that merely repeat elements of the meaning already conveyed, as in the sentence Will these supplies be adequate enough? in place of Will these supplies be adequate

  • That's exactly what I was looking for
    – Aman Verma
    Nov 24, 2015 at 13:37

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