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excessive Line breaks: ex¦ces|sive
Pronunciation: /ɪkˈsɛsɪv/

Definition of excessive in English:


More than is necessary, normal, or desirable; immoderate: he was drinking excessive amounts of brandy
More example sentences
  • To counter this argument it is necessary to show that excessive caution is a barrier to progress.
  • As ever, we ended up drinking excessive amounts, albeit absorbed by plenty of food.
  • Vitamin A is dangerous in excessive doses and in extreme cases may trigger liver damage.
immoderate, intemperate, imprudent, overindulgent, unrestrained, unrestricted, uncontrolled, uncurbed, unbridled, lavish, extravagant;
superfluous, superabundant
exorbitant, extortionate, unreasonable, outrageous, undue, uncalled for, extreme, inordinate, unwarranted, unnecessary, needless, disproportionate, too much
informal over the top, OTT, a bit much


Pronunciation: /ɪkˈsɛsɪvnəs/
Example sentences
  • It is dismaying to realize that the best film to come out of America this summer - the only one whose end product justifies its bloated budget, artistic self-indulgence, and general excessiveness - was made over two decades ago.
  • Consumerism is a bottomless pit of self-indulgence and excessiveness that, rather than being fulfilling, leaves people craving for still more.
  • They seem to be giant physical manifestations of a kind of extravagance, or excessiveness, a breaking out of boundaries, form, and structure.


Late Middle English: from Old French excessif, -ive, from medieval Latin excessivus, from Latin excedere 'surpass' (see exceed).

Words that rhyme with excessive

aggressive, compressive, concessive, degressive, depressive, digressive, expressive, impressive, obsessive, oppressive, possessive, progressive, recessive, regressive, repressive, retrogressive, successive, transgressive
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