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excess

noun ex·cess \ ik-ˈses , ˈek-ˌses \

Definition of excess

1 a :the state or an instance of surpassing usual, proper, or specified limits :superfluity
b :the amount or degree by which one thing or quantity exceeds another
  • an excess of 10 bushels
2 :undue or immoderate indulgence :intemperance; also :an act or instance of intemperance
  • prevent excesses and abuses by newly created local powers
  • —Albert Shanker
in excess of
:to an amount or degree beyond :over

Examples of excess in a Sentence

  1. They were equipped with an excess of provisions.

  2. The tests found an excess of sodium in his blood.

  3. He lived a life of excess.

  4. The movie embraces all the worst excesses of popular American culture.

  5. the violent excesses of the military regime

  6. He apologized for his past excesses.

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Origin and Etymology of excess

Middle English, from Anglo-French or Late Latin; Anglo-French exces, from Late Latin excessus, from Latin, departure, projection, from excedere to exceed


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excess

adjective

Definition of excess

:more than the usual, proper, or specified amount

Examples of excess in a Sentence

  1. Basketball provided an outlet for their excess energy.

  2. She is trying to eliminate excess fat and calories from her diet.

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First Known Use of excess

15th century


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excess

verb

Definition of excess

transitive verb
:to eliminate the position of
  • excessed several teachers because of budget cutbacks

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First Known Use of excess

1971



EXCESS Defined for English Language Learners

excess

noun

Definition of excess for English Language Learners

  • : an amount that is more than the usual or necessary amount

  • : behavior that is considered wrong because it goes beyond what is usual, normal, or proper

  • excesses : actions or ways of behaving that go beyond what is usual or proper


excess

adjective

Definition of excess for English Language Learners

  • : more than is usual, allowed, or needed


EXCESS Defined for Kids

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excess

noun ex·cess \ ik-ˈses , ˈek-ˌses \

Definition of excess for Students

1 :a state of being more than enough
  • Don't eat to excess.
2 :the amount by which something is or has too much

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excess

adjective

Definition of excess for Students

:more than is usual or acceptable

Law Dictionary

excess

adjective ex·cess

legal Definition of excess

:more than a usual or specified amount; specifically :additional to an amount specified under another insurance policy
  • excess coverage
  • excess insurance


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