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 of overcapacity from the Web
Such deals often seem intended to spawn national champions, not to pare overcapacity.
In a survey by Altman Weil of nearly 400 law firm leaders, published in May, 61 percent said overcapacity was making their firms less profitable.
The G7, which includes Canada, Japan, the U.S. and several European countries, have called for a solution to global overcapacity in steel, and the European Union has previously accused China of steel dumping while levying duties of its own.
Ratings agency Fitch warned in a January report that China's initiative carries economic risks for partner countries because the main goal is to relieve overcapacity at home.
Southwest joins Spirit Airlines, Frontier and Silver Airways as carriers that have completely canceled Cuba routes amid overcapacity in the new market, high operating costs and weak consumer demand.
But with many facing debt hangovers or overcapacity, there may now be little incentive to fatten salaries.
Online shopping has been a bright spot as economists worry about China’s rising corporate debt and overcapacity in its old-line industries like steel and glass.
Lingering EU-China tensions over trade and investment emerged on Friday as European officials pressed the Chinese government to tackle overcapacity in domestic industries such as steel and to ease restrictions on foreign investors.
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OVERCAPACITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of overcapacity for English Language Learners
: a situation in which an industry, company, etc., has or produces more of something than it is able to sell or use
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