overbroad

adjective over·broad \ ˌō-vər-ˈbrȯd \

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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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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