overclassify

verb over·clas·si·fy \ ˌō-vər-ˈkla-sə-ˌfī \

Definition of overclassify

overclassified; overclassifying
transitive + intransitive
: to classify (something or someone) to an excessive degree: such as
a T : to divide (someone or something) into too many or unnecessary classes (see 1class 3)
  • 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
also : to include too many or too much of (someone or something) in a class
  • … has long argued, however, that this cutoff overclassifies children and artificially inflates diagnostic rates.
  • —George Kapalka
b T/I : 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

play \ˌō-vər-ˌkla-sə-fə-ˈkā-shən\ noun, plural overclassifications
    • overclassification of students
    • overclassification of government data

First Known Use of overclassify

1893

in the meaning defined above

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