over·​con·​struct | \ˌō-vər-kən-ˈstrəkt \
overconstructed; overconstructing

Definition of overconstruct 

: to construct (something) more sturdily, elaborately, or extensively than is usual or required We've fought with this house … . It was overconstructed and made for hurricanes. It was made not to come off the ground.— Jeremy Patterson … the starched collar and shoulders of an overconstructed dressing gown …— David Edison … is … firmly in control of the narrative rhythm, yet the film never feels artificial or overconstructed.— Terrence Rafferty In 1857, 1873, and 1893, it was the railroads who overconstructed and were bloated with fixed debts.— William G. Roy

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overconstruction \ ˌō-​vər-​kən-​ˈstrək-​shən \ noun
Rates would have risen … and that dynamic would have put loans out of range for some builders and prevented overconstruction — Jennifer Robison

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1900, in the meaning defined above

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obstinately defiant of authority

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