- 1An amount of something that is more than necessary, permitted, or desirable: are you suffering from an excess of stress in your life?More example sentences
- Although useful in small amounts, an excess of these hormones continuously and over time, can damage the arteries and heart muscle and lead to the development of high blood pressure.
- The genealogy is close to star-shaped, so, as in the case of population growth, we expect an excess of rare variants in our sample relative to the standard neutral model.
- As much as I don't want those resources put to ineffectual uses, I also don't want it to go to waste since it's not like there is an excess of resources to go around.
- 1.1The amount by which one quantity or number exceeds another: as regards other cancers in this age group, there is a small excess during 1984—90More example sentences
- The operating ratio condensed the year-end result into a single figure: the average excess of operating expenses over operating revenues per day.
- It was estimated that other government revenue was likely to be an additional 50 billion baht above target figure, leaving a total excess of 170 billion baht.
- The fact that reducing Quota or increasing milk herd size would tend to increase the likelihood of a milk excess in relation to Quota, cannot mean that they must be treated identically.
- 1.2 [mass noun] The action of exceeding a permitted or acceptable limit: there is no issue as to excess of jurisdictionMore example sentences
- Because, every now and again, a bit of complete excess is perfectly acceptable.
- That an 18 year old athlete should have a double chin just a couple of months after a foot injury is a throwback to the 1980's when excess was acceptable.
- But Shanahan's isn't about bargain food, it's the acceptable face of excess.
- 2 [mass noun] Lack of moderation, especially in eating or drinking: bouts of alcoholic excessMore example sentences
- For young people with few prospects beyond stolid lives punctuated by bouts of alcoholic excess, it's easy to understand the allure of more irreverent, less traditional ways of life.
- Caught in a downward spiral of depression, dissipation and alcoholic excess, Boswell died on 19 May 1795.
- Minors are clearly not allowed and no excess drinking please!
- 2.1 (excesses) Outrageous or immoderate behaviour: the worst excesses of the French RevolutionMore example sentences
- Moreover, the proportion of excesses for incidence and mortality was very similar.
- There are no mentions of mass starvation, torture, concentration camps or the excesses of the current regime.
- After the excesses of New Year's Eve, today's the day to pledge a healthier lifestyle for 2003.
- 3British A part of an insurance claim to be paid by the insured: we will deduct the excess from the loss and then pay up to the policy limitMore example sentences
- This is a popular method of reducing premiums by increasing excesses and many insured are caught unawares.
- However, he accepted that, if the excess of the insured value over the market value were so great that it suggested a moral hazard, the underwriter would not insure the vessel.
- She is claiming just over £400, a sum which includes the excess on her car insurance claim, used to pay for replacement locks.
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- 1Exceeding a prescribed or desirable amount: trim any excess fat off the meatMore example sentences
- Fat cells produce excess amounts of the female hormone oestrogen, which can speed up the natural process of cell division and so lead to a higher risk of a cancer cell being formed.
- So if you increase the amount of excess carbs you eat, you can increase your fat stores and add unwanted size to your physique.
- I had a good time, but I'm really tired this morning, and I have an excess amount of junk food left at my house that I need to get rid of.
- 2British Required as extra payment: the full excess fare had to be paidMore example sentences
- Other unique features of the Legal Shield policy are the lack of a waiting period and the ‘no - excess payment’ requirement in the event of a claim.
- They negotiated their gold ransom for the kidnapped Freia with all the dogged, gormless determination of a ticket collector extracting an excess fare.
- There are 2 windows, 1 behind the barriers for excess fares and the expired and one before the barriers for normal tickets.
in (or to) excess
- Exceeding the proper amount or degree: she insisted that he did not drink to excessMore example sentences
- The lesson is: don't eat fatty foods in excess, don't drink in excess, don't smoke at all, and keep fit.
- He thought people also drank to excess because young people had more disposable income than ever before.
- The stalks contain oxalic acid, which is harmful if eaten to excess, but the amounts are no greater than those in spinach and chard, for example.
in excess of
- More than: a top speed in excess of 20 knotsMore example sentences
- It was a special club draw for clubs selling in excess of twenty tickets above the quota.
- The rocket left the pad, reaching a velocity in excess of five times the speed of sound in a couple of seconds.
- Anthony revved the engine of the BMW on the main road doing well in excess of the speed limit.
late Middle English: via Old French from Latin excessus, from excedere 'go out, surpass' (see exceed).