overcentralize

verb, transitive + intransitive over·cen·tral·ize \ ˌō-vər-ˈsen-trə-ˌlīz \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of overcentralize

overcentralized; overcentralizing
: to centralize (something, such as power or authority) to an excessive degree
  • … any condition that tends to overcentralize political power is dangerous.
  • —John Francis Cronin
  • … a tendency of commanders to overcentralize authority and control, denying junior officers the opportunity to exercise independent command and judgment.
  • —Donald A. Carter
  • A third genre of complaints against the multinational corporation is that it overcentralizes management decisions in its head office.
  • —Neil H. Jacoby
  • … the current provincial trend to overcentralize public services, from the police and education to health care, in the name of short-term cost-cutting …
  • —Anthony Winson and Belinda Leach

overcentralization

play \ˌō-vər-ˌsen-trə-lə-ˈzā-shən\ noun, plural overcentralizations
    • the overcentralization of the government

overcentralized

adjective
    • an overcentralized system
    • … the present overcentralized control of the police …
    • —John F. M. McDermott

First Known Use of overcentralize

1918


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