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Definition of excessive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

excessive

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ɪkˈsesɪv//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈsesɪv//
 
 
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greater than what seems reasonable or appropriate They complained about the excessive noise coming from the upstairs flat. The amounts she borrowed were not excessive. Excessive drinking can lead to stomach disorders. He claimed that the police had used excessive force. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French excessif, -ive, from medieval Latin excessivus, from Latin excedere ‘surpass’, from ex- ‘out’ + cedere ‘go’.Extra examples The influence of her ideas was perhaps excessive. The sentence which was imposed was manifestly excessive. He was found to have been driving at excessive speed. The cost would be grossly excessive when compared with any environmental benefit. They complained about the excessive noise coming from the upstairs apartment. lawyers charging excessive fees
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