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 Only send notes to a few people; don’t send spam to an excessive amount of potential clients. Shama Hyder, Forbes, 19 June 2021 Incidents of excessive speeding -- going 40 mph or more over the limit -- shot up by 48% last year over 2019, said Sgt. Faith Karimi, CNN, 19 June 2021 As time passed these standards were viewed as excessive. Champ Lyons Jr., al, 18 June 2021 It’s named after Tyler Jarrell, an 18-year-old Columbus man who was killed at the Ohio State Fair in 2017, after being thrown from a Fireball ride which malfunctioned because of excessive corrosion. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 18 June 2021 In June, two of ByteDance’s apps were included on a list of 129 apps named by the Cyberspace Administration of China for excessive collection of personal information from users. Liza Lin, WSJ, 17 June 2021 Landlords can still evict tenants for violating other components of a lease, such as unauthorized guests, excessive trash or barking dogs. AZCentral.com, 15 June 2021 And state and local governments are flush with excessive federal cash — even as the federal government piles up debt. Michael Lucci, National Review, 15 June 2021 Temperatures across much of the Bay Area will rise into the triple digits this week, prompting excessive heat advisories and some concerns about wildfire conditions, meteorologists said Tuesday. Vanessa Arredondo, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 June 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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22 Jun 2021

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“Excessive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excessive. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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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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