[ UK /ɛksˈɛsɪv/ ]
[ US /ɪkˈsɛsɪv/ ]
  1. beyond normal limits
    excessive charges
    a book of inordinate length
    his dress stops just short of undue elegance
    unreasonable demands
  2. unrestrained, especially with regard to feelings
    extravagant praise
    overweening greed
    overweening ambition
    exuberant compliments
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How To Use excessive 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.
  • Although the strategy was flawed by its excessive voluntarism, it did force the party to modernize itself.
  • They're compelling red wines of pipe-organ depth and power without excessive alcohol or overripeness. Two Worlds of Argentine Wines
  • There is much in the words and thoughts of the Romantic poets that is excessive or impractical, but their beliefs and the passion with which they pursued them still serve as an example.
  • It was a metaphor that predicted the nature of the many problems that have beset excessively large inner urban secondary schools in the intervening years. Times, Sunday Times
  • Last year it settled charges that it illegally billed excessive fees and violated consumer protection regulations.
  • Clay, read how ishawooadescribed that round and think, high pressuer, could it have been an overcharge ... undercharge ... could the rifling been shot out at the chamber mouth .. all these can cause the indicators he listed, bullet set out alittle could not cause this "unless" there was an excessive gap at the chamber mouth. An Unequal Progress in Accuracy
  • Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
  • Having obtained the metacentric height, reference to a diagram will at once show the whole range of stability; and this being ascertained at each loading, the stowage of the cargo can be so adjusted as to avoid excessive stiffness in the one hand and dangerous tenderness on the other. Scientific American Supplement, No. 385, May 19, 1883
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