over·​cor·​rect ˌō-vər-kə-ˈrekt How to pronounce overcorrect (audio)
overcorrected; overcorrecting

intransitive verb

: to make too much of a correction : to adjust too much in attempting to offset an error, miscalculation, or problem
If the soup tastes bland, don't overcorrect by adding too much salt.
The driver of the Acura then overcorrected to the right, and as he came near the shoulder, his car was struck by a Toyota sport utility vehicle …The Houston Chronicle
Your first instinct will be to overcorrect every time your drone is headed somewhere you don't want it to go.Scott Gilbertson
overcorrection noun
plural overcorrections
Meant to hold 150 passengers, the Christina took on 250. Listing from the start, an overcorrection in steering capsized the boat. Russell Fielding et al.

Word History

First Known Use

1827, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overcorrect was in 1827

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Cite this Entry

“Overcorrect.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overcorrect. Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition


transitive verb
over·​cor·​rect -kə-ˈrekt How to pronounce overcorrect (audio)
: to apply a correction to in excess of that required (as for satisfactory performance)
specifically : to correct (a lens) beyond the point of achromatism or so that there is aberration of a kind opposite to that of the uncorrected lens
overcorrection noun
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