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excessive

[ ik-ses-iv ]

adjective

  1. going beyond the usual, necessary, or proper limit or degree; characterized by excess:

    excessive charges; excessive criticism.

    Synonyms: unreasonable, exorbitant, inordinate, extravagant, immoderate

    Antonyms: reasonable



excessive

/ ɪkˈsɛsɪv /

adjective

  1. exceeding the normal or permitted extents or limits; immoderate; inordinate


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Derived Forms

  • exˈcessiveness, noun
  • exˈcessively, adverb
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Other Words From

  • ex·ces·sive·ly adverb
  • ex·ces·sive·ness noun
  • non·ex·ces·sive adjective
  • non·ex·ces·sive·ness noun
  • qua·si-ex·ces·sive adjective
  • un·ex·ces·sive adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of excessive1

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English ( excess, -ive ); replacing Middle English excessif, from Middle French
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Example Sentences

In more than 30 cities demonstrators clashed with police, who responded to their marches with excessive violence.

From 2011 to 2015, an average of 93,296 deaths annually could be tied to excessive alcohol use, or 255 deaths per day.

The excessive show of immune cell force spurs inflammation and cell death, which can stoke yet more inflammation and cell death.

From the customer’s standpoint, such ads help to stay away from excessive details, yet it is enough to resurface the brand in the memory when a purchase is being planned.

Officers who are the subject of previous civilian complaints – regardless of whether those complaints are for excessive force, verbal abuse or unlawful searches – pose a higher risk of engaging in serious misconduct in the future.

Excessive force to combat minor infractions of the law is the central issue today.

The list of banned items from the BBFC seems altogether ridiculous and excessive.

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.

The government defines excessive drinking as drinking too much on one occasion over the course of a week.

Where the dampness is excessive the fronds take on an unhealthy appearance, and mould may appear.

It is a very common error to consider these deposits as evidence of excessive excretion.

Factors which favor an early deposit are high acidity, diminished urinary pigments, and excessive excretion of uric acid.

"Y—es," answered Mr. Carr, his excessive astonishment causing a hesitation.

A trace of bile may be present as a result of excessive straining while the tube is in the stomach.

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