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 Nearly 60 people were arrested in what organizers said was a protest of excessive policing of the city's subway system. Fox News, "New York City 'F--- the Police' protest turns violent, dozens of arrests reported," 24 Nov. 2019 The Arkansas River reached historic flood levels in May and June after the Corps released water accumulated from excessive rain in Oklahoma down the river. Emily Walkenhorst, Arkansas Online, "Corps' $26.7M part of funding to repair damage from spring's Arkansas River flood," 24 Nov. 2019 Almont defeated Detroit Denby, 36-8, in an MHSAA Division 5 football semifinal Saturday after referees called the game because of excessive personal fouls, according to the Port Huron Times Herald. Chris Allen Brandon Folsom, Detroit Free Press, "Almont-Denby football state semifinal called, followed by confrontations with crowd," 23 Nov. 2019 To make matters worse, Medicare has placed excessive administrative burdens on primary care physicians that hinder the delivery of quality patient care and add to the cost of care. Robert Mclean, STAT, "Medicare’s new primary care payment rule is good news for patients," 22 Nov. 2019 Border Patrol officials in Tucson admonished or verbally reprimanded Bowen for some of the excessive force accusations against him. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, "Former Arizona border agent sentenced to probation for striking migrant with his vehicle," 20 Nov. 2019 You could get carried away with extravagance and incur excessive credit card expenses. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Nov. 20, 2019: Aries, don’t change horses midstream; Sagittarius, make practical purchases," 20 Nov. 2019 Focus on reducing post-harvest losses through heat as well as excessive or unseasonal rainfall. Peter Johnston, Quartz Africa, "South Africa’s farms face an existential threat from climate change," 20 Nov. 2019 After taking a field sobriety test and a breath test, the man was charged with operating a vehicle while impaired, driving with an excessive blood alcohol content, failing to drive within marked lanes and failing to maintain reasonable control. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland, "Traffic stop leads to marijuana charge: North Olmsted Police Blotter," 17 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of excessive

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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27 Nov 2019

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“Excessive.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excessively. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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