Definitions for excessiveɪkˈsɛs ɪv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ex•ces•siveɪkˈsɛs ɪv(adj.)

  1. going beyond the usual, necessary, or proper limit or degree; characterized by excess.

Origin of excessive:

1350–1400; ME excessif < MF


Princeton's WordNet

  1. excessive, inordinate, undue, unreasonable(adj)

    beyond normal limits

    "excessive charges"; "a book of inordinate length"; "his dress stops just short of undue elegance"; "unreasonable demands"

  2. excessive, extravagant, exuberant, overweening(adj)

    unrestrained, especially with regard to feelings

    "extravagant praise"; "exuberant compliments"; "overweening ambition"; "overweening greed"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. excessive(adjective)ɪkˈsɛs ɪv


    excessive rainfall; A symptom can be excessive drowsiness.


  1. excessive(Adjective)

    Exceeding the usual bounds of something; extravagant; immoderate.

    "I personally consider putting a wide vibrato on a single 16th triplet note at 160 beats per minute rather excessive, nay even stupid."

Webster Dictionary

  1. Excessive(adj)

    characterized by, or exhibiting, excess; overmuch

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'excessive' in Adjectives Frequency: #679

Translations for excessive

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


beyond what is right and proper

The manager expects them to do an excessive amount of work.

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