over·​anal·​y·​sis ˌō-vər-ə-ˈna-lə-səs How to pronounce overanalysis (audio)
plural overanalyses ˌō-vər-ə-ˈna-lə-ˌsēz How to pronounce overanalysis (audio)
: excessive analysis
overanalysis of a small problem that obstructed the real issues
He's a man of lists and overanalysis; he sweats the details.Jason Feifer
… citing the old saw about overanalysis leading to paralysis.Dan Brown and Patrick Maloney

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Recent Examples on the Web Let the overanalysis begin! Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, 18 Apr. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of overanalysis was in 1886

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“Overanalysis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overanalysis. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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