- going beyond the usual, necessary, or proper limit or degree; characterized by excess: excessive charges; excessive criticism.
Origin of excessive
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Examples from the Web for excessive
Excessive force to combat minor infractions of the law is the central issue today.The GOP and Police Unions: A Love Story
December 12, 2014
The list of banned items from the BBFC seems altogether ridiculous and excessive.Why Has Female Ejaculation Been Banned in British Porn?
December 3, 2014
Excessive alcohol consumption is a major public health problem in the United States.
For men, excessive, or binge drinking, is defined as five or more drinks at one time, or more than 15 drinks during the week.
Women who drink while pregnant—any amount—as well as underage drinkers, are also defined as “excessive drinkers.”
Boldness and excessive timidity are the two extremes to be avoided.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
Philip himself, too, was morbid in his excessive tenderness for this boy.Night and Morning, Complete
At that moment, to his excessive astonishment, the organ began to peal forth.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
As to Lady Olivia's excessive sensibility, I have no faith in it.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
All of them rushed upon his lordship with an excessive manner.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
- exceeding the normal or permitted extents or limits; immoderate; inordinate
Word Origin and History for excessive
late 14c., from Old French excessif "excessive, oppressive," from Latin excess-, past participle stem of excedere "to depart, go beyond" (see exceed). Related: Excessively; excessiveness.