overbroad

adjective
over·​broad | \ ˌō-vər-ˈbrȯd How to pronounce overbroad (audio) \

Definition of overbroad

: too widely applicable or applied : excessively broad an overbroad interpretation of the statute … a litigant challenging an overbroad law …— Laurence H. Tribe … was reckless in its assignment of unnecessary and overbroad surveillance powers.The New York Times But he tends, at times, to draw overbroad generalizations from his personal experience.— Alexander Stille

First Known Use of overbroad

1656, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of overbroad was in 1656

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“Overbroad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overbroad. Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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overbroad

adjective
over·​broad | \ ˌō-vər-ˈbrȯd \

Legal Definition of overbroad

: not sufficiently restricted to a specific subject or purpose an overbroad search especially : characterized by a prohibition or chilling effect on constitutionally protected conduct an overbroad statute — compare vague

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