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The charges seemed a little excessive.
Crops were destroyed by the excessive rainfall last August.
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the design of buildings or public spaces in a way which discourages people from touching, climbing or sitting on them …
to ask people to vote in order to decide an issue
a situation in which a country's armed forces are physically present in an area of conflict …
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Definition of excessive from the online English dictionary from Macmillan Publishers Limited.