- The definition of excess is something that is extra.
An example of excess is the phrase “excess baggage.”
- Excess is defined as more of something than is needed.
- An example of excess is leftover food at a dinner party.
- An example of excess is police force that is too strong for the situation.
excess definition by Webster's New World
- action or conduct that goes beyond the usual, reasonable, or lawful limit
- lack of moderation; intemperance; overindulgence
- an amount or quantity greater than is necessary, desirable, usable, etc.; too much; superfluity
- the amount or degree by which one thing exceeds another; remainder; surplus
Origin: Middle English and amp; Old French exces ; from Classical Latin excessus ; from past participle of excedere: see exceed
excess definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The state of exceeding what is normal or sufficient: rains that filled the reservoirs to excess.
- An amount or quantity beyond what is normal or sufficient; a surplus.
- The amount or degree by which one quantity exceeds another: Profit is the excess of sales over costs.
- Intemperance; overindulgence: drank to excess.
- A behavior or an action that exceeds proper or lawful bounds: tried to avoid engaging in emotional excesses such as hysteria and fits of temper.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin excessus, past participle of excēdere, to exceed; see exceed.
excess - Medical Definition
excess - Phrases/Idioms
in excess of
in excess of