over·​con·​trol ˌō-vər-kən-ˈtrōl How to pronounce overcontrol (audio)
overcontrolled; overcontrolling

transitive + intransitive

: to control too much : to have too much of a directing influence over (something or someone)
tried to overcontrol every aspect of the business
The main thing I've learned from my own daughter … is not to overcontrol, and how important it is as a parent to give her freedom and space.Teresa Amabile
overcontrol noun
parental overcontrol

Word History

First Known Use

1904, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overcontrol was in 1904

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Cite this Entry

“Overcontrol.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overcontrol. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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