Obsessive vs Excessive - What's the difference?

obsessive | excessive |


As adjectives the difference between obsessive and excessive

is that obsessive is prone to cause obsession while excessive is exceeding the usual bounds of something; extravagant; immoderate.

As a noun obsessive

is a person who is obsessed, who has an obsession.

obsessive

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Prone to cause obsession
  • ''The idea is too tempting, it's obsessive
  • Having one thought or pursuing one activity to the absolute or nearly absolute exclusion of all others.
  • ''Hardcore fans' obsessive behavior may take over their lives
  • Excessive, as results from obsession.
  • ''A workaholic's obsessive zeal may lead to success or burnout
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  • Synonyms

    * (Having one thought or pursuing one activity) unrelenting, unyielding, headstrong *

    Derived terms

    * obsessively

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A person who is obsessed, who has an obsession
  • 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