What is the opposite of excessive?

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(moderate) Opposite of more than is necessary, normal, or desirable
“We only ate a moderate amount of food at the party.”
Adjective
(deficient) Opposite of more than is necessary, normal, or desirable
“We had a worryingly insufficient amount of funds to last us till our next paycheck.”
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(necessary) Opposite of more than is necessary, normal, or desirable
“We always make a conscious effort to only purchase what is necessary.”
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Opposite of that has been described as greater or better than it actually is
“There is understated confidence about the food, and the service allows you to sit back and truly relax.”
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Opposite of severe or intense, especially in a painful or unpleasant way
“Whenever he tried too hard to recall the sequences, he experienced a dull headache which, though not incapacitating, was unpleasant.”
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Opposite of heavy
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Opposite of too bad to be justified, excused or tolerated
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Opposite of extreme or severe
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Opposite of recklessly extravagant or wasteful in the use of resources
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Opposite of costing or charging high prices
“Glass is impervious to the passage of carbon dioxide, is a relatively inexpensive material, and may be recycled, but it cracks and fractures easily, and glass bottles are relatively heavy.”
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Opposite of extremely large
“It was an itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny yellow polka-dot bikini.”
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Opposite of requiring, or involving, great mental or physical effort
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Opposite of requiring more effort than could be reasonably expected or asked for
“Given the ample time they had to amend the education bill, the interns felt that it was an easy task to complete.”
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Opposite of devoted to pleasure
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Opposite of contrary to reason or common sense
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Opposite of harsh or severe in nature
“Nelson was a gentle soul who wouldn't hurt a fly.”
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(of an action taken) Opposite of very severe or strict
“Many saw the sentence handed down to Paul as very lenient.”
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Opposite of extreme in intensity
“The two opposing groups had a half-hearted fight before going their separate ways.”
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Opposite of extravagantly ornate, like purple prose
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Opposite of of exaggerated importance or value
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Opposite of harsh, usually to a disproportionate degree
“The company afforded him flexible hours to accommodate his long commute to work.”
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Opposite of involving the use of exaggerated or flowery writing or language
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