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exorbitance

[ig-zawr-bi-tuh ns]
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noun
  1. the quality of being exorbitant; excessiveness.
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Sometimes ex·or·bi·tan·cy.

Origin of exorbitance

1400–50; late Middle English exorbitaunce; see exorbitant, -ance
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Examples from the Web for exorbitance

Historical Examples

  • The intolerable oppression upon trade, from the exorbitance of wages and insolence of mariners, would be taken off.

    An Essay upon Projects

    Daniel Defoe

  • All this is explicable by the exorbitance of the fees charged, about which there was much complaint.

  • As extravagance is excess in outlay, exorbitance is excess in demands, and especially in pecuniary demands upon others.

    English Synonyms and Antonyms

    James Champlin Fernald

  • The treaty meets with difficulties in the ratification,—perhaps the exorbitance of the price may occasion them.

  • Unrea′son, lack of reason; Unrea′sonableness, the state or quality of being unreasonable: exorbitance.


Word Origin and History for exorbitance

n.

mid-15c., from exorbitant + -ance.

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