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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His investigative team brought charges against BP for misleading investors regarding the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and has prosecuted Ponzi-like schemes, frauds, and excessive-fee cases. Stan Grossfeld, BostonGlobe.com, "This guy has 757 Red Sox bats, and each one tells a story," 5 July 2018 The two youngsters fit the Toffees' transfer policy of buying young to avoid excessive fees, but there will be a lot of competition for them in the coming months, with a host of leading European clubs said to be interested. SI.com, "Everton Chase Sporting Wantaway Gelson Martins & Ajax Youngster Matthijs De Ligt," 19 June 2018 There was one bank in the state—the Bank of Springfield—that took deposits from medical marijuana dispensaries without charging excessive, six-figure fees. Ben Joravsky, Chicago Reader, "News / Politics / Weed Week Trump’s war on medical marijuana putting Illinois dispensaries at 'risk'," 24 Apr. 2018 What if today’s Philadelphia paid tribute not to excessive bank fees but the innate goodness of our better-than-average citizens? Will Bunch, Philly.com, "Wells Fargo has been ripping off customers. Why do 76ers, Flyers play in a shrine named for the banking company? | Will Bunch," 22 Apr. 2018 Others say some stores took advantage of their customers, over-pricing merchandise and charging excessive fees to cash checks. Jean Marbella, baltimoresun.com, "The fire both times: Baltimore riots after Martin Luther King's death 50 years ago left scars that remain," 28 Mar. 2018 But some critics called the move excessive and unfair. Charlie Lapastora, Fox News, "Border Patrol stopping migrants before they reach ports of entry," 12 July 2018 Elifritz's ex-wife and 12-year-old daughter have filed a federal lawsuit, alleging police used excessive force. Samantha Swindler, OregonLive.com, "Motorcyclist killed in May I-205 crash identified," 11 June 2018 Palestinians and their supporters say most of the protesters were unarmed civilians and Israel was using excessive force against them. Amir Cohen And Nidal Al-mughrabi, The Christian Science Monitor, "Gaza escalates attacks, Israel responds with airstrikes," 29 May 2018

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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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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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