Definition of excessive in English:

excessive

Line breaks: ex¦ces|sive
Pronunciation: /ɪkˈsɛsɪv
 
, ɛk-/

adjective

Derivatives

excessiveness

noun
More 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.

Origin

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

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