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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
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