excessive

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

Definition of excessive

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

Other Words from excessive

excessively adverb
excessiveness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for excessive

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 Much of the region spent the week under excessive heat warnings. Harold Maass, The Week, 2 Aug. 2022 The National Weather Service has extended the excessive heat warnings from Thursday through Saturday evening. Editors, USA TODAY, 30 July 2022 The National Weather Service has extended the excessive heat warnings from Thursday through Saturday evening. CBS News, 29 July 2022 Heat alerts blanketed the Pacific Northwest on Friday, with 11 million people under excessive heat warnings, including residents of Seattle and Portland. Matthew Cappucci, BostonGlobe.com, 29 July 2022 The current forecast shows temperatures remaining above 90 degrees until at least Saturday, with excessive heat warnings extended until Sunday at 9 p.m. PT. Judson Jones, CNN, 29 July 2022 The National Weather Service has extended the excessive heat warnings from Thursday through Saturday evening. Fox News, 29 July 2022 Heat advisories and excessive heat warnings are blanketing the Pacific Northwest, where spiking temperatures are accompanying a stubborn heat dome. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, 28 July 2022 Spreading across the country, over 35 million Americans continue to be under excessive heat warnings or heat alerts, with many of them in the Northwest. Kyla Guilfoil, ABC News, 28 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of excessive

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Excessive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excessive. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for excessive

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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