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noun ex·cess \ik-ˈses, ˈek-ˌses\

Definition of excess

  1. 1a :  the state or an instance of surpassing usual, proper, or specified limits :  superfluityb :  the amount or degree by which one thing or quantity exceeds another an excess of 10 bushels

  2. 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

  1. :  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.

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


First Known Use: 14th century


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adjective ex·cess

Definition of excess

  1. :  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.

15th Century

First Known Use of excess

15th century


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verb ex·cess

Definition of excess

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  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

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noun ex·cess \ik-ˈses, ˈek-ˌses\

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


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adjective ex·cess

Definition of excess for English Language Learners

  • : more than is usual, allowed, or needed


EXCESS Defined for Kids

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noun ex·cess \ik-ˈses, ˈek-ˌses\

Definition of excess for Students

  1. 1 :  a state of being more than enough Don't eat to excess.

  2. 2 :  the amount by which something is or has too much


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adjective ex·cess

Definition of excess for Students

  1. :  more than is usual or acceptable


Law Dictionary

excess

adjective ex·cess

Legal Definition of excess

  1. :  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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