Surplusagium Non Nocet Law and Legal Definition

Surplusagium non nocet means ‘surplusage does no harm.’ Surplusage" means words that have no legal effect. 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. [USCS Fed Rules Crim Proc R 7].