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Syllabification: ex·ces·sive
Pronunciation: /ikˈsesiv

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, uncontrolled, lavish, extravagant;
exorbitant, extortionate, unreasonable, outrageous, undue, uncalled for, extreme, inordinate, unwarranted, disproportionate, too much, de trop
informal over the top


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



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.

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