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overcompensation

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noun over·com·pen·sa·tion \-ˌkäm-pən-ˈsā-shən, -ˌpen-\

Definition of overcompensation

  1. :  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 play \-ˈkäm-pən-ˌsāt\ verb
over·com·pen·sa·to·ry play \-kəm-ˈpen(t)-sə-ˌtȯr-ē\ adjective


1912

First Known Use of overcompensation

1912


Medical Dictionary

overcompensation

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noun over·com·pen·sa·tion \-ˌkäm-pən-ˈsā-shən, -ˌpen-\

Medical Definition of overcompensation

  1. :  excessive compensation; specifically :  excessive reaction to a feeling of inferiority, guilt, or inadequacy leading to an exaggerated attempt to overcome the feeling

  2. over·com·pen·sate \-ˈkäm-pən-ˌsāt\play verb, over·com·pen·sat·ed over·com·pen·sat·ing
    over·com·pen·sa·to·ry \-kəm-ˈpen(t)-sə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr-\play adjective




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