Definition of excessive in English:



  • More than is necessary, normal, or desirable; immoderate.

    ‘he was drinking excessive amounts of brandy’
    • ‘Who can declare categorically that the expression of that outrage was excessive?’
    • ‘He attempted to resolve his symptoms by drinking excessive amounts of alcohol.’
    • ‘In terms of energy security, this heavy dependence on Russian gas is excessive.’
    • ‘As he left the pub, the victim heard the sound of car engines revving up, causing excessive noise.’
    • ‘That seems a bit excessive to me, but ya know, these things have to be done.’
    • ‘He has seen an increasing amount of traffic using the road, some at excessive speed.’
    • ‘He said the bowling club left two or three years ago due to dwindling numbers rather than excessive rent.’
    • ‘Custard pies are one thing, but liquid pig waste was excessive, in my opinion.’
    • ‘We're not set up for it, in the same way we're not set up for excessive cold.’
    • ‘Accident investigators also said Mr Willis had not been travelling at excessive speed.’
    • ‘As ever, we ended up drinking excessive amounts, albeit absorbed by plenty of food.’
    • ‘This morning I got to work and found that my account had been suspended for excessive data transfer.’
    • ‘Her family complained that she was overactive and spending excessive amounts of money.’
    • ‘Vitamin A is dangerous in excessive doses and in extreme cases may trigger liver damage.’
    • ‘Even water, salt and vitamins are bad for you if misused or taken in excessive doses.’
    • ‘I grant that this is real, but the risk they are proposing to take is excessive and unjustifiable.’
    • ‘Many divers enter the water with excessive amounts of weight strapped on to them.’
    • ‘The method shuns excessive manipulation of film through lighting, sound or editing.’
    • ‘Carlo rushed out to buy some flowers to put in the bedroom, which I thought was rather excessive.’
    • ‘To counter this argument it is necessary to show that excessive caution is a barrier to progress.’
    immoderate, intemperate, imprudent, overindulgent, unrestrained, unrestricted, uncontrolled, uncurbed, unbridled, lavish, extravagant
    exorbitant, extortionate, unreasonable, outrageous, undue, uncalled for, extreme, inordinate, unwarranted, unnecessary, needless, disproportionate, too much
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Late Middle English: from Old French excessif, -ive, from medieval Latin excessivus, from Latin excedere surpass (see exceed).