What does Excessive mean?

Definitions for Excessive
ɪkˈsɛs ɪvex·ces·sive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. excessive, inordinate, undue, unreasonableadjective

    beyond normal limits

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

  2. excessive, extravagant, exuberant, overweeningadjective

    unrestrained, especially with regard to feelings

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


  1. excessiveadjective

    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."

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Excessiveadjective

    Etymology: excessif, French; from excess.

    If panicum be laid below and about the bottom of a root, it will cause the root to grow to an excessive bigness. Francis Bacon.

    Be not excessive toward any. Ecclus. xxxiii. 29.

    The people whose property it is, by excessive favour, to bring great men to misery, and then to be excessive in pity, departed away grieved and afraid. John Hayward.


  1. excessive

    Excessive refers to an amount, quality, action, or degree that goes beyond what is regarded as usual, normal, necessary, tolerable or reasonable. It implies an extreme or unnecessary surplus, often to the point that it can be harmful or disadvantageous.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Excessiveadjective

    characterized by, or exhibiting, excess; overmuch

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Excessive in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Excessive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Excessive in a Sentence

  1. Mark Metersky:

    Patients who have atrial fibrillation who are not on an anticoagulant should discuss with their doctor if they could lower their risk of stroke without exposing themselves to excessive risk, by being started on anticoagulation.

  2. Na Jeong-hwan:

    (KOSPI) recovered from excessive declines earlier in the session that were driven by sharp losses from biopharmaceutical shares.

  3. Academy President Laszlo Lovasz:

    One of the highly problematic aspects is the excessive influence of the government by European standards.

  4. Jay Travis:

    We love our neighborhoods, but unfortunately this has been a persistent problem in terms of excessive force being used by the police and the murder of black people with impunity by the police, so we're out of here for love for our city, we're out of here pushing for change ... and we're out here because we value the lives of black people that live throughout the city.

  5. Ilan Kelman:

    Climate change is not stopping because of lockdowns, the extreme weather which we are witnessing is not excessive in terms of the history of humanity... it is very much in line with what we would expect under climate change.

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