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.

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On the one hand, the safety rules can seem excessive. Noam Scheiber, New York Times, "Inside an Amazon Warehouse, Robots’ Ways Rub Off on Humans," 3 July 2019 And taking a day off to watch the U.S. vs. France seems a bit excessive, even for the most dedicated of fans. Chris Morris, Fortune, "How to Watch U.S. vs. France Women's World Cup Match Live Online for Free—Even Without Cable," 28 June 2019 Most people associate alcohol’s danger with excessive drinking, which can lead to problems like liver disease, addiction, and drunk driving accidents. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "Casual Alcohol Use Has Been Linked to Several Major Cancers—So Where's the Campaign?," 27 June 2019 The Kansas News Service reports that Garden City water resource manager Fred Jones says the water loss at the Big Pool is excessive, even for a pool that holds about 2 million gallons. USA TODAY, "Child rock climber, baby doll scare, real-life RoboCop: News from around our 50 states," 20 June 2019 Prices don't seem excessive but tabs can add up with sides and extras. Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "All-day breakfast: A critic’s guide to 5 egg-centric new eateries," 5 June 2019 Over the past few years, while western India has seen a trend of pre-monsoon dryness, the southern part of the peninsula usually receives normal—sometimes even excessive—downpour. Kuwar Singh, Quartz India, "Mapped: How parched is India?," 3 June 2019 That price seems just a bit excessive considering the entire phone has had fire sales for $250 and $224. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Essential will sell your phone’s missing headphone jack back to you for $150," 14 Nov. 2018 The structure came to be a landmark symbolizing police brutality in a city with a history of officers using excessive force. Cory Shaffer, cleveland.com, "Gazebo where Tamir Rice was shot to be dedicated at Chicago museum: live coverage," 23 June 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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More Definitions for excessive

excessive

adjective

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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