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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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British Dictionary definitions for excessively


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 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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