overambitious

adjective over·am·bi·tious \ ˌō-vər-am-ˈbi-shəs \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of overambitious

: excessively ambitious
  • The reforms of the Great Society succeeded in markedly reducing poverty, although they fell short of President Lyndon B. Johnson's overambitious goals.
  • —Dennis H. Wrong
  • Dr. Godfrey, who has seen more than his share of the fallout from overambitious exercise programs, advises against jumping and pounding exercises for people over 50 …
  • —Jane E. Brody
  • … NASA's original plans for the shuttle were overambitious: the commitment to provide routine and economical access to space locked the agency into a schedule too tight to be met with the available resources.
  • Scientific American

overambitiously

adverb
    • planned overambitiously for the future
    • I overambitiously tried the traditional full Irish breakfast …
    • —Laura Reiley

overambitiousness

noun
    • My hopes for another gardening season have once again been dashed by my overambitiousness and basically lazy nature.
    • —Michelle Kennedy

First Known Use of overambitious

circa 1655


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