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[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
Related forms
excessively, adverb
excessiveness, noun
nonexcessive, adjective
nonexcessively, adverb
nonexcessiveness, noun
quasi-excessive, adjective
quasi-excessively, adverb
unexcessive, adjective
unexcessively, adverb
immoderate, extravagant, inordinate, exorbitant, unreasonable.
reasonable. Unabridged
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  • The sea urchin, Diadema antillarum, is a voracious grazer that scours the reefs and keeps them free of excessive seaweed.
  • Those are standard cancellation fees, but in light of your situation, they do seem excessive.
  • This means removing each wheel, inspecting the bearing seals for excessive leakage and washing the bearings in solvent.
  • They perfectly convey their imposing, excessive indulgences.
  • Some neighbors said they considered the police reinforcements excessive.
  • Such bankers understand their clients' businesses and steer them away from excessive debt.
  • The borrowers are not well informed as to the availability of loans on collateral without payment of excessive interest rates.
  • The fines currently in place are indeed excessive.
  • Her boredom is exquisite and excessive.
  • In any case, whether or not his idealism is excessive, his language seems too often inappropriate to his subject.
British Dictionary definitions for excessive


exceeding the normal or permitted extents or limits; immoderate; inordinate
Derived Forms
excessively, adverb
excessiveness, noun
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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.

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