over·​ca·​pac·​i·​ty | \ ˌō-vər-kə-ˈpa-sə-tē How to pronounce overcapacity (audio) , -ˈpa-stē \

Definition of overcapacity

: excessive capacity for production or services in relation to demand

Examples of overcapacity in a Sentence

The airlines are lowering their prices because of an overcapacity of seats.
Recent Examples on the Web Amazon executives said such criticism was misplaced since many of the decisions leading to Amazon’s overcapacity problem were made by Mr. Bezos and other senior leaders. Dana Mattioli, WSJ, 16 June 2022 At Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Artenstein said patient volumes hit critical overcapacity levels in late May, causing backups in the emergency department. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 1 June 2022 Undisclosed contracts often also lead to overcapacity, which can undermine the financial viability of the entire system. Baker Institute, Forbes, 1 June 2022 But deindustrialization is an international trend, with overcapacity affecting even those working in, for example, China or the Global South. Jane Hu, The New Yorker, 18 May 2022 While trying where feasible to make China live up to pledges, the administration also is focusing on areas where Chinese actions pose a strategic threat, such as overcapacity in steel and intellectual-property theft, Deese said. Eric Martin, Bloomberg.com, 8 Feb. 2022 Beijing’s largess has in part fostered overcapacity and a fragmented industry, with the government now calling for consolidation. Lingling Wei, WSJ, 22 May 2022 Most notably, school overcapacity plagues large portions of Howard County. Baltimore Sun, 17 May 2022 On the inflation side, the price of solar panels has fallen over the years thanks in part to technological improvements and because China drives down the price through overcapacity. Kenneth Rapoza, Forbes, 24 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of overcapacity

1877, in the meaning defined above

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“Overcapacity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overcapacity. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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