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 Police and state officials have denied using excessive force or singling out Muslims. New York Times, "As India Violence Gets Worse, Police Are Accused of Abusing Muslims," 2 Jan. 2020 The settlement followed a federal investigation that found Portland officers had a pattern of using excessive force against people with mental illness. oregonlive, "Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw accepts job as Philadelphia Police Commissioner," 30 Dec. 2019 Jean's family argued in their civil lawsuit that Jean's death was a result of a pattern of excessive force by Dallas police and that better training could have prevented his death. Arkansas Online, "Dallas dropped from Jean death suit," 28 Dec. 2019 Citing excessive force and constitutional violations, a man is suing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and numerous agents for allegedly beating him unconscious and fracturing his skull earlier this year outside his Louisville home. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Lawsuit: Louisville ICE agents gave man a 'gang beating' until he was unconscious," 13 Dec. 2019 Godinez died, and Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez declined to charge any officers, saying prosecutors couldn’t prove beyond a reasonable doubt that excessive force was used. John Byrne, chicagotribune.com, "$1.2 million settlement proposal advances in case of Heriberto Godinez, who died in Chicago police custody," 11 Dec. 2019 Logan’s family sued in federal court accusing O’Neill of using excessive deadly force. NBC News, "Probe of deadly police shooting highlights Buttigieg's struggle for black support," 9 Dec. 2019 Chick Bistany and Trooper Brian Orlowski, to federal court after filing a civil lawsuit, accusing the lawmen of using excessive force and wrongful death. Nicholas Rondinone, courant.com, "For nearly 12 years, Joseph Bak’s family has waited for Hartford State’s Attorney Gail Hardy’s decision on whether his death at the hands of two state troopers was justified," 9 Dec. 2019 Nor has Brazil's leader controversial leader Jair Bolsonaro, a right-wing firebrand who has wooed Trump with excessive flattery and the promise of U.S. military bases. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "View from there: World averts gaze from Trump impeachment," 20 Dec. 2019

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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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“Excessive.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excessive?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=e&file=excess03. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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More Definitions for excessive

excessive

adjective
How to pronounce excessive (audio)

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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