[ US /ˈɛkˌsɛs, ɪkˈsɛs/ ]
  1. a quantity much larger than is needed
  2. the state of being more than full
  3. immoderation as a consequence of going beyond sufficient or permitted limits
  4. excessive indulgence
    the child was spoiled by overindulgence
  1. more than is needed, desired, or required
    extra ribs as well as other supernumerary internal parts
    yet another book on heraldry might be thought redundant
    found some extra change lying on the dresser
    supernumerary ornamentation
    sleeping in the spare room
    trying to lose excess weight
    surplus cheese distributed to the needy
    skills made redundant by technological advance
    delete superfluous (or unnecessary) words
    it was supererogatory of her to gloat
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How To Use excess In A Sentence

  • A second problem is damage caused by the buildup of excessive electrical charges in the plate from the unwanted ions.
  • The chops should be cooked over moderate heat to prevent excessive charring.
  • Our economy is unbalanced, money is in excess supply, and its circulation is completely divorced from the circulation of goods. Inside Perestroika: The Future of the Soviet Economy
  • The excess amniotic fluid was then removed from the recipient twin sac, and antibiotics were placed into the uterine cavity to decrease the risk of infection. Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS)
  • A gob of crimson pouring from his lips, he spat it out, wiping the excess with the back of his hand.
  • Although the strategy was flawed by its excessive voluntarism, it did force the party to modernize itself.
  • The potatoes will absorb any excess liquid overnight. Times, Sunday Times
  • Sadly what he calls'the paucity of evidence and excess of speculative interpretation' is unlikely to clear the air. The Times Literary Supplement
  • He also seems to write with little concern for cadence, leaving himself stumbling over excess syllables and quixotically stuffing verbal square pegs into musical round holes when it comes time to sing.
  • They're compelling red wines of pipe-organ depth and power without excessive alcohol or overripeness. Two Worlds of Argentine Wines
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