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.
Recent Examples on the Web Aside from stress, other triggers of tension headaches, according to MedlinePlus, include: alcohol use, caffeine, illnesses (colds, the flu, etc.), dental problems, eye strain, excessive smoking, and fatigue or overexertion. Taylyn Washington-harmon, Health.com, "What Is a 'Stress' Headache and How Can You Treat It?," 30 June 2020 Two women have filed an excessive force lawsuit against four Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers captured on video using batons and pepper balls to subdue one of them on a downtown sidewalk during recent protests. Justin L. Mack, The Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis police protests: Two women file excessive force lawsuit against IMPD," 29 June 2020 The lawsuit alleges that GM forced the dealership to require customers, many of them minorities or some with minority family members, to go through excessive requirements not required at other dealerships. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, "Minority-owned car dealership in Dearborn alleges racial remarks by GM execs," 27 June 2020 Los Angeles will pay nearly $1 million to settle excessive force claims against an LAPD officer who fired into a group of teenagers in 2015 after apparently mistaking a toy gun for a real weapon. Luke Money, Los Angeles Times, "L.A. to pay nearly $1 million in settlement against officer who shot Black teen in back," 26 June 2020 If your dog shows any signs of hypothermia (disorientation, excessive/uncontrollable wining or shaking) get him back to the truck and turn the heat on. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "How to Hunt Ducks and Geese," 26 June 2020 At 1410 hours ██████████████████ observed a doughnut cart left outside the entry of Dunkin’ Donuts with excessive crumbs. Harper's Magazine, "Burn After Eating," 23 June 2020 Despite being debunked by the government, two people died and several others were hospitalized over excessive salt consumption in Nigeria. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "With over 250,000 cases, misinformation is compromising Africa’s Covid-19 response," 22 June 2020 Police are currently determining whether excessive speed or impairment was a factor in the crash. Erin Glynn, Cincinnati.com, "Pedestrian killed in crash on Eighth Street," 20 June 2020

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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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3 Jul 2020

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“Excessive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excessive. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for excessive

excessive

adjective
How to pronounce excessive (audio)

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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