excessive

adjective
ex·​ces·​sive | \ik-ˈse-siv \

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 companies have come under fire for excessive rent hikes and fees, itchy eviction triggers, and shoddy maintenance, among other things. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "A brand new single-family neighborhood, where every unit is a rental," 10 Sep. 2018 To some, those numbers seem excessive, but by spending to have the best content, Netflix is locking in its subscribers and locking out its competitors. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "Why No One Can Catch Netflix," 26 Aug. 2018 An accommodation still must be reasonable, and if the noise level is excessive, that accommodation may ultimately be determined to be unreasonable. Kelly G. Richardson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "HOA Homefront: Are these rules valid?," 14 July 2018 Germany international Max Meyer is reportedly being targeted by Fenerbahce, after Liverpool and Arsenal opted against a move for the midfielder due to his excessive wage demands. SI.com, "Max Meyer Could Move to Turkey After Being Rejected By Liverpool and Arsenal Due to Wage Demands," 13 July 2018 There is a mother-daughter duo organizing against excessive police violence and a Black Panthers member working to house the displaced. Sadia Hassan, Longreads, "Silence is a Lonely Country: A Prayer in Twelve Parts," 13 July 2018 Pruitt ordered an excessive, unprecedented security detail On taking office, Pruitt beefed up his security detail to a level never before used by an EPA official, and out of scale with other agency heads. Glenn Fleishman, Fortune, "How Scott Pruitt Blew It: A List of Scandals That Led to the EPA Chief's Resignation," 5 July 2018 Both China and Taiwan have a short interval — weeks — between onset of excessive daytime sleepiness and the diagnosis of narcolepsy. Helen Branswell, STAT, "A stubborn medical mystery: Was pandemic flu vaccine tied to an increase in narcolepsy cases?," 5 July 2018 Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit assumed the investigation into the cause and circumstances of the crash and preliminarily determined excessive speed and operator error contributed to the crash, the sheriff’s office said. Erika Butler, The Aegis, "Street man, 28, dies in motorcycle crash Monday," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of excessive

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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More Definitions for excessive

excessive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of excessive

: going beyond what is usual, normal, or proper

excessive

adjective
ex·​ces·​sive | \ik-ˈse-siv \

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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