overcompliance

noun

over·​com·​pli·​ance ˌō-vər-kəm-ˈplī-ən(t)s How to pronounce overcompliance (audio)
: compliance beyond what is strictly necessary or required
overcompliance with industry standards
Indeed, there was even substantial overcompliance. By 1995, actual emissions were a whopping 40 percent below the allowable levels of 8.7 million tons. Don Munton

Word History

First Known Use

1749, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of overcompliance was in 1749

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“Overcompliance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overcompliance. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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