excess

noun
ex·​cess | \ ik-ˈses How to pronounce excess (audio) , ˈek-ˌses How to pronounce excess (audio) \

Definition of excess

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : the state or an instance of surpassing usual, proper, or specified limits : superfluity
b : the amount or degree by which one thing or quantity exceeds another an excess of 10 bushels
2 : undue or immoderate indulgence : intemperance also : an act or instance of intemperance prevent excesses and abuses by newly created local powers — Albert Shanker
in excess of
: to an amount or degree beyond : over

excess

adjective

Definition of excess (Entry 2 of 3)

: more than the usual, proper, or specified amount

excess

verb
excessed; excessing; excesses

Definition of excess (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to eliminate the position of excessed several teachers because of budget cutbacks

Examples of excess in a Sentence

Noun They were equipped with an excess of provisions. The tests found an excess of sodium in his blood. He lived a life of excess. The movie embraces all the worst excesses of popular American culture. the violent excesses of the military regime He apologized for his past excesses. Adjective Basketball provided an outlet for their excess energy. She is trying to eliminate excess fat and calories from her diet. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The parent and student are seeking in excess of $15,000 in damages, according to the court filing. Hartford Courant, 17 June 2022 While Saudi Arabia’s box office is indeed growing substantially, its current relatively low level compared to major territories — like China — where films can earn in excess of $100 million, appears to be behind the lack of concern from Hollywood. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 June 2022 Raffel sought in excess of $10 million and in damages for patent infringement, trade dress infringement, misappropriation and false marking. Bruce Vielmetti, Journal Sentinel, 17 June 2022 In the case of the Mid-States corridor, that could be in excess of $1 billion. Kayla Dwyer, The Indianapolis Star, 16 June 2022 To be called a derecho, severe storms must have winds in excess of 58 mph and cause damage spanning at least 250 miles. Judson Jones, CNN, 13 June 2022 All residual profit in excess of this routine return was converted into a royalty rate and paid to LuxSCS. Ryan Finley, Forbes, 13 June 2022 NBC News reached out to real estate agents who had a successful year in sales in 2020 and obtained PPP loans in excess of $90,000 that were then wholly or partially forgiven by the federal government. Alexandra Chaidez, NBC News, 4 June 2022 There is not much disagreement that many companies have marked up goods in excess of their own rising costs. New York Times, 3 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In May, the World Health Organization estimated that there were about 14.9 million excess deaths associated with the pandemic in 2020 and 2021. Time, 7 June 2022 Older people also made up an overwhelming share of the excess deaths — the difference between the number of people who actually died and the number who would have been expected to die if the pandemic had never happened. New York Times, 31 May 2022 The Mothers’ Milk Bank in Newton, which collects excess breast milk donations, has seen a spike in interest since formula first ran low. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 18 May 2022 The campaign did not immediately provide a total number and dollar amount of the excess donations, but the campaign has been sending money back to donors and updating prior campaign finance reports for the last few years. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, 15 Dec. 2021 One donation will not cause the donor’s platelets to go too low, but there is a risk of too-low platelets with excess donations. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 8 Oct. 2021 During the pandemic, there have been around 1.1 million excess deaths, according to the CDC, a metric that captures the difference between how many deaths are observed and how many would have been expected. Robert Hart, Forbes, 18 May 2022 Eighty-five percent of all excess deaths occurred in developing nations, Philip Schellekens of the World Bank noted last week, despite the fact that these countries have younger populations that should be less susceptible to serious illness. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, 12 May 2022 More than 252,000 people in South Africa have died from the virus, but the numbers are considered to be much higher when considering the number of excess deaths recorded since the pandemic compared to the same periods before the pandemic. Mogomotsi Magome, ajc, 29 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That suggests existing protections won’t have much force until the state extends its new worker-misclassification law (which cracks down on employers who rely to excess on gig workers) to temporary employees. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 22 Sep. 2021 You’ve been quoted as saying that that is really what the film is about — not so much drinking to excess as embracing the uncontrollable. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 15 Apr. 2021 Meacham is a nonideological historian and McGraw is a country star, two professions that were built for caution, something McGraw occasionally takes to excess. Allison Stewart, chicagotribune.com, 11 July 2019 Meacham is a nonideological historian and McGraw is a country star, two professions that were built for caution, something McGraw occasionally takes to excess. Allison Stewart, chicagotribune.com, 11 July 2019 Meacham is a nonideological historian and McGraw is a country star, two professions that were built for caution, something McGraw occasionally takes to excess. Allison Stewart, chicagotribune.com, 11 July 2019 Meacham is a nonideological historian and McGraw is a country star, two professions that were built for caution, something McGraw occasionally takes to excess. Allison Stewart, chicagotribune.com, 11 July 2019 Meacham is a nonideological historian and McGraw is a country star, two professions that were built for caution, something McGraw occasionally takes to excess. Allison Stewart, chicagotribune.com, 11 July 2019 Meacham is a nonideological historian and McGraw is a country star, two professions that were built for caution, something McGraw occasionally takes to excess. Allison Stewart, chicagotribune.com, 11 July 2019 See More

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First Known Use of excess

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1971, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for excess

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French or Late Latin; Anglo-French exces, from Late Latin excessus, from Latin, departure, projection, from excedere to exceed

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19 Jun 2022

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excess

noun
ex·​cess | \ ik-ˈses How to pronounce excess (audio) , ˈek-ˌses \

Kids Definition of excess

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a state of being more than enough Don't eat to excess.
2 : the amount by which something is or has too much

excess

adjective

Kids Definition of excess (Entry 2 of 2)

: more than is usual or acceptable

excess

adjective
ex·​cess

Legal Definition of excess

: more than a usual or specified amount specifically : additional to an amount specified under another insurance policy excess coverage excess insurance

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