excessive

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adjective ex·ces·sive \ik-ˈse-siv\

Definition of excessive

  1. :  exceeding what is usual, proper, necessary, or normal

excessively

adverb

excessiveness

noun

Examples of excessive in a Sentence

  1. an excessive display of wealth

  2. High fever, nausea, and excessive sweating are some of the symptoms.

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First Known Use of excessive

14th century

Synonym Discussion of excessive

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

EXCESSIVE Defined for English Language Learners

excessive

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Definition of excessive for English Language Learners

  • : going beyond what is usual, normal, or proper


EXCESSIVE Defined for Kids

excessive

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adjective ex·ces·sive \ik-ˈse-siv\

Definition of excessive for Students

  1. :  being too much excessive talking

excessively

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Law Dictionary

excessive

adjective ex·ces·sive

Legal Definition of excessive

  1. :  exceeding what is proper, necessary, or normal; specifically :  being out of proportion to the offense excessive bail



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