Definition of excessive in English:



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

    ‘he was drinking excessive amounts of brandy’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As ever, we ended up drinking excessive amounts, albeit absorbed by plenty of food.’
    • ‘To counter this argument it is necessary to show that excessive caution is a barrier to progress.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Even water, salt and vitamins are bad for you if misused or taken in excessive doses.’
    • ‘He said the bowling club left two or three years ago due to dwindling numbers rather than excessive rent.’
    • ‘As he left the pub, the victim heard the sound of car engines revving up, causing excessive noise.’
    • ‘Custard pies are one thing, but liquid pig waste was excessive, in my opinion.’
    • ‘He attempted to resolve his symptoms by drinking excessive amounts of alcohol.’
    • ‘He has seen an increasing amount of traffic using the road, some at excessive speed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I grant that this is real, but the risk they are proposing to take is excessive and unjustifiable.’
    • ‘We're not set up for it, in the same way we're not set up for excessive cold.’
    • ‘Who can declare categorically that the expression of that outrage was excessive?’
    • ‘This morning I got to work and found that my account had been suspended for excessive data transfer.’
    exorbitant, extortionate, unreasonable, outrageous, undue, uncalled for, extreme, inordinate, unwarranted, unnecessary, needless, disproportionate, too much
    immoderate, intemperate, imprudent, overindulgent, unrestrained, unrestricted, uncontrolled, uncurbed, unbridled, lavish, extravagant
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Late Middle English: from Old French excessif, -ive, from medieval Latin excessivus, from Latin excedere surpass (see exceed).