- the fact of exceeding something else in amount or degree: His strength is in excess of yours.
- the amount or degree by which one thing exceeds another: The bill showed an excess of several hundred dollars over the estimate.
- an extreme or excessive amount or degree; superabundance: to have an excess of energy.
- a going beyond what is regarded as customary or proper: to talk to excess.
- immoderate indulgence; intemperance in eating, drinking, etc.
- more than or above what is necessary, usual, or specified; extra: a charge for excess baggage; excess profits.
- to dismiss, demote, transfer, or furlough (an employee), especially as part of a mass layoff.
Origin of excess
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- the state or act of going beyond normal, sufficient, or permitted limits
- an immoderate or abnormal amount, number, extent, or degree too much or too manyan excess of tolerance
- the amount, number, extent, or degree by which one thing exceeds another
- chem a quantity of a reagent that is greater than the quantity required to complete a reactionadd an excess of acid
- overindulgence or intemperance
- insurance, mainly British a specified contribution towards the cost of a claim, stipulated on certain insurance policies as being payable by the policyholder
- in excess of of more than; over
- to excess to an inordinate extent; immoderatelyhe drinks to excess
- more than normal, necessary, or permitted; surplusexcess weight
- payable as a result of previous underpaymentexcess postage; an excess fare for a railway journey
Word Origin and History for excessing
late 14c., from Old French exces (14c.) "excess, extravagance, outrage," from Latin excessus "departure, a going beyond the bounds of reason or beyond the subject," from stem of excedere "to depart, go beyond" (see exceed). As an adjective from late 15c.
- An amount or quantity beyond what is normal or sufficient; a surplus.