over·​con·​sump·​tion ˌō-vər-kən-ˈsəm(p)-shən How to pronounce overconsumption (audio)
: excessive consumption or use of something
the overconsumption of fossil fuels
overconsumption of alcohol
The flip side of deficient saving, of course, is overconsumption. At its peak in 1987, household expenditure as a percentage of national income was 74%, almost four percentage points above the highest levels reached during the previous two decades.Robert S. Gay

Examples of overconsumption in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Billie Eilish has long been combatting the music industry’s overconsumption habits by highlighting its sustainability wins and fails. Thania Garcia, Variety, 1 Apr. 2024 In rarer scenarios, an overconsumption of caffeine can lead to a state called caffeine intoxication or caffeine overdose. Jocelyn Solis-Moreira, CNN, 11 Mar. 2024 Although Gen Zers and millennials are generally regarded as anti-capitalist consumers who claim to distance themselves from overconsumption or blind consumerism, there are two things that will stop them in their tracks when making a decision to purchase: celebrities and influencers. Sydney Lake, Fortune, 12 Feb. 2024 Manning said the Stanley cup craze has sparked important debates about overconsumption, but understanding what drives decision-making can be helpful even for those who don’t go to collecting extremes. Denise Chow, NBC News, 10 Feb. 2024 Mass production and overconsumption are real issues in the beauty industry—even in a world as seemingly abstract and creative as fragrance. Pia Velasco, Vogue, 13 Mar. 2024 The consistent overconsumption of calories can lead to weight gain, one of the strongest predictors of obstructive sleep apnea. Erica Jansen, Discover Magazine, 19 Jan. 2024 De-influencers are also using this trend as an opportunity to raise awareness about the negative impact of overconsumption on the environment. NPR, 25 Feb. 2024 Videos of Stanley fans with rainbows of Stanleys shelved in their kitchens have drawn accusations of overconsumption – after all, how many water bottles does one need? Bailey Gallion, The Enquirer, 23 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1826, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overconsumption was in 1826

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“Overconsumption.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overconsumption. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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