from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Exceeding a normal, usual, reasonable, or proper limit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Exceeding the usual bounds of something; extravagant; immoderate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Characterized by, or exhibiting, excess; overmuch.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Exceeding the usual or proper limit, degree, measure, or proportion; being in excess of what is requisite or proper; going beyond what is sanctioned by correct principles; immoderate; extravagant; unreasonable; as, excessive bulk; excessive labor; excessive charges; excessive vanity; excessive indulgence.
  • Synonyms Immense, etc. (see enormous); superabundant, superfluous; inordinate, outrageous, extreme; intemperate, violent.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. beyond normal limits
  • adj. unrestrained, especially with regard to feelings


Sorry, no etymologies found.


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