overcompensation

noun
over·​com·​pen·​sa·​tion | \ ˌō-vər-ˌkäm-pən-ˈsā-shən How to pronounce overcompensation (audio) , -ˌpen- \

Definition of overcompensation

: excessive compensation specifically : excessive reaction to a feeling of inferiority, guilt, or inadequacy leading to an exaggerated attempt to overcome the feeling

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Other Words from overcompensation

overcompensate \ ˌō-​vər-​ˈkäm-​pən-​ˌsāt How to pronounce overcompensation (audio) \ verb
overcompensatory \ ˌō-​vər-​kəm-​ˈpen(t)-​sə-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce overcompensation (audio) \ adjective

Examples of overcompensation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Was any part of Prescott’s injury a result of overcompensation to his ankle rehab? David Moore, Dallas News, 24 Aug. 2021 Anderson loaned Blakely $30,000 in cash to repay the county for overcompensation. Ashley Remkus | Aremkus@al.com, al, 29 July 2021 The police never came for them, but the USSR remained a place where Jewishness demanded overcompensation. Sophie Pinkham, Harper's Magazine, 25 May 2021 In fact, the bailout will reward the carriers for egregious overcompensation and share buybacks. Roger Lowenstein, Star Tribune, 21 Oct. 2020 Carlton’s erudition and country-club style panic Will, whose own approach to Blackness becomes an overcompensation for his proximity to affluence. Wesley Morris, New York Times, 14 Oct. 2020 There is a monstrous fossil big enough to camp in, some battlefield plastic surgery, gigantic holes, a starship shaped like male overcompensation, and cute children. Darren Franich, EW.com, 27 Aug. 2020 That results in fuzziness with older content, as well as overcompensation on color vibrancy at times. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, 8 July 2020 Porzingis said the right knee injury wasn’t spurred by overcompensation while regaining strength, rhythm and trust in his left. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, 19 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of overcompensation

1839, in the meaning defined above

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“Overcompensation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overcompensation. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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overcompensation

noun
over·​com·​pen·​sa·​tion | \ -ˌkäm-pən-ˈsā-shən, -ˌpen- How to pronounce overcompensation (audio) \

Medical Definition of overcompensation

: excessive compensation specifically : excessive reaction to a feeling of inferiority, guilt, or inadequacy leading to an exaggerated attempt to overcome the feeling

Other Words from overcompensation

overcompensate \ -​ˈkäm-​pən-​ˌsāt How to pronounce overcompensation (audio) \ verb overcompensated; overcompensating
overcompensatory \ -​kəm-​ˈpen(t)-​sə-​ˌtōr-​ē, -​ˌtȯr-​ How to pronounce overcompensation (audio) \ adjective

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