overcompensation


over·com·pen·sa·tion

noun \-ˌkäm-pən-ˈsā-shən, -ˌpen-\

Definition of OVERCOMPENSATION

:  excessive compensation; specifically :  excessive reaction to a feeling of inferiority, guilt, or inadequacy leading to an exaggerated attempt to overcome the feeling
over·com·pen·sate \-ˈkäm-pən-ˌsāt\ verb
over·com·pen·sa·to·ry \-kəm-ˈpen(t)-sə-ˌtr-ē\ adjective

First Known Use of OVERCOMPENSATION

1912

over·com·pen·sa·tion

noun \-ˌkäm-pən-ˈsā-shən, -ˌpen-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of OVERCOMPENSATION

: excessive compensation; specifically : excessive reaction to a feeling of inferiority, guilt, or inadequacy leading to an exaggerated attempt to overcome the feeling
over·com·pen·sate \-ˈkäm-pən-ˌsāt\ verb, over·com·pen·sat·ed over·com·pen·sat·ing
over·com·pen·sa·to·ry \-kəm-ˈpen(t)-sə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtr-\ adjective

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