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

Definition of overcorrect

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

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overcorrection \ ˌō-​vər-​kə-​ˈrek-​shən How to pronounce overcorrection (audio) \ 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.

First Known Use of overcorrect

1827, in the meaning defined above

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“Overcorrect.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overcorrect. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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transitive verb
over·​cor·​rect | \ -kə-ˈrekt How to pronounce overcorrect (audio) \

Medical Definition of overcorrect

: 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

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overcorrection \ -​kə-​ˈrek-​shən How to pronounce overcorrection (audio) \ noun

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