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 But protesters said those measures had not addressed their concerns about excessive force and racial profiling. NBC News, "How a debate over police funding escalated in Norman, Oklahoma — and divided the town," 22 Sep. 2020 Two of those complainants said officers used excessive force during incidents at protests. Evan Casey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wauwatosa Police and Fire Commission amends rules related to complaints and charges against officers," 22 Sep. 2020 Taivon Aples alleges that Tulane subjected him to excessive force and therefore violated his civil rights. Ramon Antonio Vargas | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Worker accused of masturbating in Tulane office sues university because campus police shoot him," 21 Sep. 2020 Current and former officers described a systemic effort to discourage citizen complaints and protect officers from charges of racial profiling and excessive force. Robert Klemko, Washington Post, "A police shooting ignited unrest in Kenosha. Current and former officers say the department’s problems with race go much deeper.," 20 Sep. 2020 The $12 million settlement for the estate of Breonna Taylor is one of the largest ever paid in the United States in a case of police excessive force and by far the biggest paid out in Louisville for alleged police misconduct. Kala Kachmar, USA TODAY, "Critics say Louisville settled too soon in Breonna Taylor case, betrayed police officers," 18 Sep. 2020 Detroit Will Breathe sued the city last month, accusing Detroit police of using excessive force to restrict their freedom of speech and assembly. M.l. Elrick, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit police, Black Lives Matter protesters reach agreement on rules of engagement," 18 Sep. 2020 But nine patrol officers charged with using excessive force were quickly acquitted anyway. Cecil Williams, National Geographic, "Take a virtual tour of South Carolina’s only civil rights museum," 16 Sep. 2020 This was not the first time Kerzaya faced backlash for using excessive force against an unarmed Black person. Bree Burkitt, The Arizona Republic, "Tempe police Chief Sylvia Moir resigns, will leave role in October," 15 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of excessive

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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25 Sep 2020

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“Excessive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excessive. Accessed 27 Sep. 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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