Date: 14th century
exceeding what is usual, proper, necessary, or normal
• excessively adverb
• excessiveness noun
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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