Excess meaning

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Action or conduct that goes beyond the usual, reasonable, or lawful limit.
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An amount or quantity greater than is necessary, desirable, usable, etc.; too much; superfluity.
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To eliminate the job or position of.

Teachers who were excessed during the downturn.

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Lack of moderation; intemperance; overindulgence.
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More than usual; extra; surplus.

Excess profits.

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To do away with the position or job of.

The science center excessed many researchers.

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The state of surpassing or going beyond limits; the being of a measure beyond sufficiency, necessity, or duty; that which exceeds what is usual or proper; immoderateness; superfluity; superabundance; extravagance; as, an excess of provisions or of light.

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The degree or amount by which one thing or number exceeds another; remainder; as, the difference between two numbers is the excess of one over the other.

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An undue indulgence of the appetite; transgression of proper moderation in natural gratifications; intemperance; dissipation.

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(geometry) Spherical excess, the amount by which the sum of the three angles of a spherical triangle exceeds two right angles. The spherical excess is proportional to the area of the triangle.
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(UK, insurance) A condition on an insurance policy by which the insured pays for a part of the claim.
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More than is normal, necessary or specified.
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The definition of excess is something that is extra.

An example of excess is the phrase “excess baggage.”

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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.

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The state of exceeding what is normal or sufficient.

Rains that filled the reservoirs to excess.

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An amount or quantity beyond what is normal or sufficient; a surplus.

Sold most of the stoves and put the excess in the warehouse.

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The amount or degree by which one quantity exceeds another.

Profit is the excess of sales over costs.

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Being more than is usual, required, or permitted.

Skimming off the excess fat.

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The amount or degree by which one thing exceeds another; remainder; surplus.
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in excess of
  • Greater than; more than:.
    Unit sales in excess of 20 million.
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in excess of
  • More than.
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to excess
  • To too great an extent or degree; too much.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of excess

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin excessus past participle of excēdere to exceed exceed

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English exces (“excess, ecstasy”), from Old French exces, from Latin excessus (“a going out, loss of self-possession”), from excedere, excessum (“to go out, go beyond”). See exceed.

    From Wiktionary