excessive

adjective
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.

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The suit alleges the officers opened fire on DeCarlo while his hands were raises and seeks unspecified damages for claims of excessive force, negligence, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, "Vallejo seeks to delay federal lawsuit case against police officers," 6 June 2019 The judge approved the settlement in 2014 after a federal investigation found Portland police officers too often used stun guns or excessive force against people experiencing a mental health crisis. oregonlive.com, "Judge wants some proof that Portland’s new community approach to police oversight is effective," 6 June 2019 If the idea of rushing toward gunfire plays to the hero in every officer, the narrative can change dramatically in cases involving claims of excessive force. New York Times, "How Much Bravery Do We Demand From the Police?," 5 June 2019 Wilson, previously referred to as Terrell Johnson, complained of excessive force during the beating. Sarah Horner, Twin Cities, "Beaten inmate plans to leave St. Paul after county OK’s $525,000 settlement," 4 June 2019 Even before putting together his policing plan, Castro has decried excessive police force in campaign speeches. Bill Lambrecht, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio’s Julián Castro pitches policing overhaul as he seeks edge over Democrats," 4 June 2019 This isn’t the first time Rockstar has been accused of this kind of excessive and enforced overtime. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Rockstar clarifies Red Dead Redemption 2’s ‘100-hour work week,’ following backlash," 15 Oct. 2018 The suit alleges police violated Trammell's constitutional rights by using excessive and deadly force. Gina Barton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Family of mentally ill man who died after repeated Taser strikes files suit against police," 16 May 2018 Inspired by Susan Sontag's legendary essay on the subject, they were tasked with encompassing all things excessive, over-the-top, kooky, kinky, and—most importantly—witty. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Your Favorite Celebrities Got Campy and Kooky at the Met Gala on Instagram," 7 May 2019

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First Known Use of excessive

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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excessive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of excessive

: going beyond what is usual, normal, or proper

excessive

adjective
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

excessive

adjective
ex·​ces·​sive

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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