Definition of excess :
1. An undue indulgence of the appetite; transgression of proper moderation in natural gratifications; intemperance; dissipation.
2. 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.
3. 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 prover; immoderateness; superfluity; superabundance; extravagance; as, an excess of provisions or of light.
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wastefulness (part of speech: noun)
- 3914. Is it not the case that the supply of men for the Faroe fishing is now generally sufficient without any such obligation, and that sometimes there is an excess in the supply of men who are willing to go to that fishing? - "Second Shetland Truck System Report", William Guthrie.
- In another, the animal nature swings to the front, stronger perhaps by heredity, and, yielded to, it runs to the excess of riot. - "Quiet Talks about Jesus", S. D. Gordon.
- This picture, exaggerated as it will appear to those who have not seen it, brings home to us the essential character of free competition for low- skilled labour where the normal supply is in excess of the demand. - "Problems of Poverty", John A. Hobson.