overcompensation

noun

over·​com·​pen·​sa·​tion ˌō-vər-ˌkäm-pən-ˈsā-shən How to pronounce overcompensation (audio)
-ˌpen-
: excessive compensation
specifically : excessive reaction to a feeling of inferiority, guilt, or inadequacy leading to an exaggerated attempt to overcome the feeling
overcompensate verb
overcompensatory adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web However, repair and especially overcompensation take time and resources to accomplish. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, 28 July 2022 Their previous methods were no longer viable, and team leads were left in a vacuum that sowed doubt and, in many cases, led to overcompensation. Artis Rozentals, Forbes, 10 June 2022 While the cast and crew were protective of Kasibhatla, Triveni was clear that everyone on set needed to be normal around him without any of the overcompensation that comes from lack of awareness, says Balan. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 18 Mar. 2022 After all, imbalance can lead to overcompensation, which can lead to injury. Rozalynn S. Frazier, SELF, 30 Dec. 2021 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overcompensation was in 1839

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Cite this Entry

“Overcompensation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overcompensation. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

overcompensation

noun

over·​com·​pen·​sa·​tion -ˌkäm-pən-ˈsā-shən, -ˌpen- How to pronounce overcompensation (audio)
: excessive compensation
specifically : excessive reaction to a feeling of inferiority, guilt, or inadequacy leading to an exaggerated attempt to overcome the feeling
overcompensate verb
overcompensated; overcompensating
overcompensatory adjective
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