Definition of excessive in English:

excessive

adjective

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

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

Late Middle English: from Old French excessif, -ive, from medieval Latin excessivus, from Latin excedere ‘surpass’ (see exceed).

Pronunciation

excessive

/ɛkˈsɛsɪv//ɪkˈsɛsɪv/