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 The Legislature sent the governor several bills to change the criminal justice system, including a measure allowing the decertification of law enforcement officers who engage in serious misconduct such as excessive force and racial bias. Los Angeles Times, 11 Sep. 2021 Wheatcroft later sued the city, Schneider and other officers involved in U.S. District Court, alleging excessive force, a violation of his civil rights, trauma and emotional harm. Perry Vandell, The Arizona Republic, 9 Sep. 2021 The Department of Justice sued Alabama last year alleging constitutional violations for failure to protect inmates from violence and excessive force by correctional officers. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, 8 Sep. 2021 The lawsuit alleges Portland police officers used excessive force by firing the grenades directly at counter-protesters, wounding Fawcett. oregonlive, 7 Sep. 2021 Since 2017, the city has been under federal oversight after the U.S. Justice Department released a scathing report detailing longstanding patterns of racial profiling and excessive force. David Mcfadden, baltimoresun.com, 7 Sep. 2021 Since 2017, the city has been under federal oversight after the U.S. Justice Department released a scathing report detailing longstanding patterns of racial profiling and excessive force. David Mcfadden, ajc, 6 Sep. 2021 He has been awarded the medal of valor three times, but he also has been accused of lying and using excessive force — which was documented by The Washington Post in the early 2000s. Washington Post, 3 Sep. 2021 State lawmakers passed a sweeping police accountability law, which bans the use of chokeholds like the one used on McClain and requires officers to intervene to stop excessive force from being used. NBC News, 3 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of excessive

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Excessive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excessive. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of excessive

: going beyond what is usual, normal, or proper


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



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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