ex·​ces·​sive | \ ik-ˈse-siv How to pronounce excessive (audio) \

Definition of excessive

: exceeding what is usual, proper, necessary, or normal

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Other Words from excessive

excessively adverb
excessiveness noun

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excessive, immoderate, inordinate, extravagant, exorbitant, extreme mean going beyond a normal limit. excessive implies an amount or degree too great to be reasonable or acceptable. excessive punishment immoderate implies lack of desirable or necessary restraint. immoderate spending inordinate implies an exceeding of the limits dictated by reason or good judgment. inordinate pride extravagant implies an indifference to restraints imposed by truth, prudence, or good taste. extravagant claims for the product exorbitant implies a departure from accepted standards regarding amount or degree. exorbitant prices extreme may imply an approach to the farthest limit possible or conceivable but commonly means only to a notably high degree. extreme shyness

Examples of excessive in a Sentence

an excessive display of wealth High fever, nausea, and excessive sweating are some of the symptoms.
Recent Examples on the Web The man who was allegedly assaulted, Aundre Howard, 34, filed a federal civil rights lawsuit alleging excessive force in April. Tim Stelloh, NBC News, 13 July 2021 The pattern of excessive force also violated peoples’ Fourth Amendment rights, according to the report. BostonGlobe.com, 12 July 2021 The Franklin County Quorum Court is weighing whether to remove the sheriff from office almost 19 months after he was charged by federal officials with using excessive force on detainees. Thomas Saccente, Arkansas Online, 12 July 2021 And, of these arrests, around 2,300 lead to complaints of excessive force (0.023 percent). Aron Ravin, National Review, 9 July 2021 He was transferred from the Tactical Anti-Crime Unit days before his second excessive force case was finalized, records show. Grace Toohey, orlandosentinel.com, 9 July 2021 Jurors found that the Anaheim Police Department used excessive force. New York Times, 8 July 2021 Boudin added that his office will still, however, investigate officers for use of excessive force. Megan Cassidy, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 July 2021 In practice, critics both inside and outside the department have said some FTOs have for decades helped promote a culture of aggressive, excessive-force policing. Editorial Board, Star Tribune, 6 July 2021

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First Known Use of excessive

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of excessive was in the 14th century

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16 Jul 2021

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“Excessive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excessive. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of excessive

: going beyond what is usual, normal, or proper


ex·​ces·​sive | \ ik-ˈse-siv How to pronounce excessive (audio) \

Kids Definition of excessive

: being too much excessive talking

Other Words from excessive

excessively adverb



Legal Definition of excessive

: exceeding what is proper, necessary, or normal specifically : being out of proportion to the offense excessive bail

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