Copious vs Excessive - What's the difference?

copious | excessive |


As adjectives the difference between copious and excessive

is that copious is great in quantity or number, profuse, abundant; taking place on a large scale while excessive is exceeding the usual bounds of something; extravagant; immoderate.

copious

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Great in quantity or number, profuse, abundant; taking place on a large scale.
  • * 1748 . David Hume. Enquiry concerning Human Understanding. Section 3. ยง 18.
  • These loose hints I have thrown together, in order to excite the curiosity of philosophers, and beget a suspicion at least, if not a full persuasion, that this subject is very copious ,
  • Having an abundant supply.
  • Full of thought, information, or matter; exuberant in words, expression, or style.
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    excessive

    English

    Adjective

    (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."

    Synonyms

    * See also

    Antonyms

    * insufficient * deficient

    Derived terms

    * excessive number