overanalysis

noun over·anal·y·sis \ ˌō-vər-ə-ˈna-lə-səs \

Definition of overanalysis

plural overanalyses play \ˌō-vər-ə-ˈna-lə-ˌsēz\
: 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

First Known Use of overanalysis

1886

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