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

Examples of overcompensation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Raised by Wolves is a shaggy science-fiction saga with a bloody bite: Review," 27 Aug. 2020 That results in fuzziness with older content, as well as overcompensation on color vibrancy at times. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "LG CX features more sizes, but Sony’s A8H has a better picture," 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, "After UFC field trip in Vegas, Mavs’ Kristaps Porzingis (knee) hopes to return vs. Clippers," 19 Jan. 2020 Sometimes the other side of your body hurts because of overcompensation. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UW guard Trevor Anderson was playing his best basketball before a knee injury last year. He's fighting his way back.," 31 Oct. 2019 Rachel, whose father (Robert, played by Wendell Pierce) is a bigfoot lawyer who drives a menacing Range Rover, bears the stigma of failing to get admitted to Harvard Law School, a source of much Sturm und Drang and testy overcompensation. James Wolcott, HWD, "Confessions of a Suits Fan: Why the Legal Drama That Launched Meghan Markle Works," 27 Apr. 2018 Or, if the hat is large, a not-so-subtle overcompensation for another kind of male insecurity, this one lower-half-related. Liza Corsillo, GQ, "Your Jaunty Hat Is Ruining Your Tinder Pictures," 1 Feb. 2018 Ken Paige, an evolutionary ecologist also at he University of Illinois and principal investigator of the study, first observed overcompensation in the scarlet gilia in 1987. Joanna Klein, New York Times, "Meet the Overcompensators, Plants That Get Tougher and Meaner When Attacked," 20 Oct. 2017 Overworking one part of the core and underworking another is a recipe for asymmetry, overcompensation, and muscle strains and pains. Amy Marturana, SELF, "These Are the Abs Exercises You Should Skip If You Have Lower Back Pain," 16 Sep. 2017

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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 19 Sep. 2020.

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

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