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excess

noun [U]  /ɪkˈses, ˈek·ses/ us  
an amount that is more than acceptable, expected, or reasonable: They both eat to excess (= a lot more than they need). The company’s losses are in excess of (= more than) $5 million.
excessive
adjective  /ɪkˈses·ɪv/ us  
We felt the charges were excessive.

excess

adjective [not gradable]  /ɪkˈses, ˈek·ses/ us  
more than is necessary; too much: excess baggage
Translations of “excess”
in Korean 초과…
in Arabic زِيادة…
in French excès, trop (de), excédent…
in Turkish aşırılık, bolluk…
in Italian eccesso…
in Chinese (Traditional) 過分, 過量, 過度…
in Russian избыток…
in Polish nadmiar…
in Spanish exceso, excedente…
in Portuguese excesso…
in German das Übermaß, die Mehrsumme…
in Catalan excés…
in Japanese 超過…
in Chinese (Simplified) 过分, 过量, 过度…
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