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EXCESS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does excess mean? 

EXCESS (noun)
  The noun EXCESS has 4 senses:

1. a quantity much larger than is needed
2. immoderation as a consequence of going beyond sufficient or permitted limits
3. the state of being more than full
4. excessive indulgence

  Familiarity information: EXCESS used as a noun is uncommon.


EXCESS (adjective)
  The adjective EXCESS has 1 sense:

1. more than is needed, desired, or required

  Familiarity information: EXCESS used as an adjective is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


EXCESS (noun)


Sense 1excess [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A quantity much larger than is needed

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

surplusage; surplus; nimiety; excess

Hypernyms ("excess" is a kind of...):

overabundance; overmuch; overmuchness; superabundance (a quantity that is more than what is appropriate)


Sense 2excess [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Immoderation as a consequence of going beyond sufficient or permitted limits

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

excessiveness; inordinateness; excess

Hypernyms ("excess" is a kind of...):

immoderateness; immoderation (the quality of being excessive and lacking in moderation)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "excess"):

extravagance; extravagancy (the quality of exceeding the appropriate limits of decorum or probability or truth)

exorbitance; outrageousness (excessive excess)

embarrassment; overplus; plethora; superfluity (extreme excess)


Sense 3excess [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The state of being more than full

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

surfeit; overabundance; excess

Hypernyms ("excess" is a kind of...):

fullness (the condition of being filled to capacity)


Sense 4excess [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Excessive indulgence

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

overindulgence; excess

Context example:

the child was spoiled by overindulgence

Hypernyms ("excess" is a kind of...):

humoring; indulgence; indulging; pampering (the act of indulging or gratifying a desire)


EXCESS (adjective)


Sense 1excess [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

More than is needed, desired, or required

Synonyms:

excess; extra; redundant; supererogatory; supernumerary; surplus; spare; superfluous

Context examples:

trying to lose excess weight / found some extra change lying on the dresser / yet another book on heraldry might be thought redundant / skills made redundant by technological advance / sleeping in the spare room / supernumerary ornamentation / it was supererogatory of her to gloat / delete superfluous (or unnecessary) words / extra ribs as well as other supernumerary internal parts / surplus cheese distributed to the needy

Similar:

unnecessary; unneeded (not necessary)


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