Excessive vs Abundance - What's the difference?

excessive | abundance |

As an adjective excessive

is exceeding the usual bounds of something; extravagant; immoderate.

As a noun abundance is

a large quantity; many .




(en adjective)
  • Exceeding the usual bounds of something; extravagant; immoderate.
  • "I personally consider putting a wide vibrato on a single 16th triplet note at 160 beats per minute rather excessive , nay even stupid."


    * See also


    * insufficient * deficient

    Derived terms

    * excessive number


    Alternative forms

    * (obsolete) abundaunce * (obsolete) habundance * (obsolete) boundance * (card games) abondance


    (en noun)
  • A large quantity; many.
  • An overflowing fullness or ample sufficiency; profusion; copious supply; superfluity; plentifulness.
  • * (rfdate) (Sir Walter Raleigh)
  • It is lamentable to remember what abundance of noble blood hath been shed with small benefit to the Christian state.
  • Wealth; affluence; plentiful amount of resources.
  • Frequency, amount, ratio of something within a given environment or sample.
  • (card games) A bid to take nine or more tricks in solo whist.
  • Usage notes

    * Synonym notes: Abundance , Plenty]], [[exuberance, Exuberance. These words rise upon each other in expressing the idea of fullness. ** Plenty'' denotes a sufficiency to supply every want; as, ''plenty'' of food, ''plenty of money, etc. ** Abundance'' express more, and gives the idea of superfluity or excess; as, ''abundance'' of riches, an ''abundance of wit and humor; often, however, it only denotes plenty in a high degree. ** Exuberance'' rises still higher, and implies a bursting forth on every side, producing great superfluity or redundance; as, an ''exuberance'' of mirth, an ''exuberance of animal spirits, etc.


    * exuberance, plenteousness, plenty, copiousness, overflow, riches, affluence, wealth