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

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 28 Mar. 2023.

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