When you use , etc. to indicate that further, similar items are included, for example:

We’re trying to resolve problems of withdrawal, peer pressure, etc.

Is it incorrect to use , and etc.?

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    etc. is short for et cetera which means "and other things* in Latin. So the and in and etc. is redundant. – deadrat Jun 18 '16 at 2:48
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    "Et cetera" is generally considered to transliterate as "and so forth". – Hot Licks Jun 18 '16 at 2:48
  • wow, good answer if that is really all it is – Adamawesome4 Jun 18 '16 at 4:03
  • The Department of Redundancy Department recommends reading fun-with-words.com/redundant_acronyms.html :-) (In reality, they're at most half-redundant, unless you are a very strict prescriptivist.) – torek Jun 18 '16 at 9:32

As @Deadrat and Hotlicks mentioned in the comment, in Latin, "et" is a conjunction which means "and" and "cetera" is an adverb which means "others" or "the rest".

Therefore, if you write "and et cetera (etc.)", you are writing "and and others" which is not correct. That's why you should not use "and" before "etc."

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