Definition of excessive in English:

excessive

adjective

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

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

/ɪkˈsɛsɪv//ɛkˈsɛsɪv/