overcompensation

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noun over·com·pen·sa·tion \ˌō-vər-ˌkäm-pən-ˈsā-shən, -ˌpen-\

Definition of overcompensation

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

overcompensate

play \ˌō-vər-ˈkäm-pən-ˌsāt\ verb

overcompensatory

play \ˌō-vər-kəm-ˈpen(t)-sə-ˌtȯr-ē\ adjective

First Known Use of overcompensation

1839


Medical Dictionary

overcompensation

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noun over·com·pen·sa·tion \-ˌkäm-pən-ˈsā-shən, -ˌpen-\

Medical Definition of overcompensation

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

overcompensate

\-ˈkäm-pən-ˌsāt\play verb

overcompensated

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overcompensating

overcompensatory

\-kəm-ˈpen(t)-sə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr-\play adjective

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