adjective much more than is reasonable or necessary: Boyd's wife left him because of his excessive drinking. | $15 for two cokes seems a little excessive.

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  • excessive — ex·ces·sive adj: exceeding what is proper, necessary, or normal; specif: being out of proportion to the offense excessive bail Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

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  • excessive — [ek ses′iv, ikses′iv] adj. [ME & OFr excessif < ML excessivus] characterized by excess; being too much or too great; immoderate; inordinate excessively adv. excessiveness n. SYN. EXCESSIVE applies to that which goes beyond what is proper,… …   English World dictionary

  • Excessive — Ex*cess ive ([e^]k*s[e^]s [i^]v), a. [Cf. F. excessif.] Characterized by, or exhibiting, excess; overmuch. [1913 Webster] Excessive grief [is] the enemy to the living. Shak. Syn: Undue; exorbitant; extreme; overmuch; enormous; immoderate;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • excessive — late 14c., from O.Fr. excessif excessive, oppressive, from L. excess , pp. stem of excedere to depart, go beyond (see EXCEED (Cf. exceed)). Related: Excessively; excessiveness …   Etymology dictionary

  • excessive — [adj] too much; overdone boundless, disproportionate, dissipated, dizzying, enormous, exaggerated, exorbitant, extra, extravagant, extreme, immoderate, indulgent, inordinate, intemperate, limitless, more, needless, over, overboard, overkill,… …   New thesaurus

  • excessive — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ more than is necessary, normal, or desirable. DERIVATIVES excessively adverb excessiveness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • excessive — adj. VERBS ▪ appear, be, seem ▪ become ▪ consider sth, regard sth as, see sth as ▪ He considered the level o …   Collocations dictionary

  • excessive — adjective Date: 14th century exceeding what is usual, proper, necessary, or normal • excessively adverb • excessiveness noun Synonyms: excessive, immoderate, inordinate, extravagant, exorbitant, extreme mean going beyond a normal limit. excessive …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • excessive — [[t]ɪkse̱sɪv[/t]] ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you describe the amount or level of something as excessive, you disapprove of it because it is more or higher than is necessary or reasonable. ...the alleged use of excessive force by police... The… …   English dictionary

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