Let's say I have an Excel sheet and I need to make sure I have unique rows in the sheet.

There are rows, however, which are the same and present in the sheet 2 or more times.

Now, if there is one copy of another row, I'd say the row is "duplicated". But what is the correct form in the case when a row is copied 2+ times? Does "duplicated" still make sense? Or should I say the row is "multiplicated" (which sound a bit off, for some reason)?

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    Multiple duplicates are still duplicates, so duplicated is fine. So is the plain copied. You might be able to get away with saying that the row has multiplied, but that uses the term in the sense of biological reproduction (multiplied like rabbits).
    – Lawrence
    Commented Jul 28, 2017 at 9:06

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replicate (Oxford)

1 Make an exact copy of; reproduce.

This term is independent of number of copies.


A good words for describing the same kind of information in the same format could be:

  • Replicated

  • Repeated

  • Multiple entries

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