adjective Date: 14th century exceeding what is usual, proper, necessary, or normal • excessively adverbexcessiveness noun Synonyms: excessive, immoderate, inordinate, extravagant, exorbitant, extreme mean going beyond a normal limit. excessive implies an amount or degree too great to be reasonable or acceptable <
excessive punishment
. immoderate implies lack of desirable or necessary restraint <
immoderate spending
. inordinate implies an exceeding of the limits dictated by reason or good judgment <
inordinate pride
. extravagant implies an indifference to restraints imposed by truth, prudence, or good taste <
extravagant claims for the product
. exorbitant implies a departure from accepted standards regarding amount or degree <
exorbitant prices
. extreme may imply an approach to the farthest limit possible or conceivable but commonly means only to a notably high degree <
extreme shyness

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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