[ ik-ses-iv ]
/ ɪkˈsɛs ɪv /


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

Origin of excessive

1350–1400; Middle English (see excess, -ive); replacing Middle English excessif < Middle French
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British Dictionary definitions for excessively


/ (ɪkˈsɛsɪv) /


exceeding the normal or permitted extents or limits; immoderate; inordinate
Derived Formsexcessively, adverbexcessiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for excessively



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.

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