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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But while her frequent moisturizing may seem excessive, Marchbein says that moisturizing more than twice a day isn't unreasonable. Marci Robin, Allure, "Elizabeth Hurley Moisturizes Her Skin 10 Times a Day," 4 Oct. 2018 On average, excessive heat causes more than 1,500 death per year in the U.S., according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Max Londberg, kansascity, "KC hits 100 degrees for first time in years, but cooler temps coming, meteorologist says," 12 July 2018 An excessive heat warning for the region had even been released by the National Weather Service. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Postal Carrier, 63, Found Dead in Her Truck Amid Record Temperatures Was Months from Retirement," 10 July 2018 The agency issued a one-day excessive-heat warning from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and projected record-high temperatures throughout the county. Ramona Sentinel, "Brush fires in Dulzura and Alpine; 114 degrees in Ramona," 6 July 2018 Conditions have led the National Weather Service to issue an excessive heat warning for Southwestern California on Friday, when the hottest weather is expected. Michael Mcgough And Cassie Dickman, sacbee, "Planning a weekend road trip? Heat and fires throughout California might make it tough," 6 July 2018 On Tuesday, people took refuge under beach umbrellas as the sun grew brighter and the day hotter, with temperatures rising toward the 90s and the Philadelphia area under an excessive-heat warning. Jeff Gammage, Philly.com, "About 40 protesters blocking doors to Philly ICE," 3 July 2018 The weather was perfect and a welcome reprieve from the excessive desert heat in years past at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Deanna Rilling, Billboard, "EDC Las Vegas 2018 Day 1 Highlights: Flux Pavilion, Eric Prydz, San Holo & More," 20 May 2018 Since 2006, plaintiffs’ firms have filed more than 170 lawsuits against employers and other parties alleging excessive fees in 401(k)-style retirement plans, according to Groom Law Group in Washington. Anne Tergesen, WSJ, "U.S. Judge Rules for NYU in $358 Million Retirement-Fees Case," 31 July 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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