transitive + intransitive
: to classify (something or someone) to an excessive degree: such as
: to divide (someone or something) into too many or unnecessary classes (see 1class 3)
: to include too many or too much of (someone or something) in a class
- The model we describe is intended to work with the differences people bring to the therapy situation, without overclassifying them based on any particular characteristics.
- —Charlie Johnson and Denise Webster
- … has long argued, however, that this cutoff overclassifies children and artificially inflates diagnostic rates.
- —George Kapalka
: to make (something, such as information or documents) classified (see 1classified 2) unnecessarily
- The intelligence community too often overclassifies information that many of us believe should readily be available …
- —Pete Hoekstra
- We're overclassifying. We're keeping too much out of the public domain.
- —Robert Baer
overclassification of students
overclassification of government data