overcorrect

verb over·cor·rect \ ˌō-vər-kə-ˈrekt \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of overcorrect

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

play \ˌō-vər-kə-ˈrek-shən\ 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


Medical Dictionary

overcorrect

transitive verb over·cor·rect \ -kə-ˈrekt \

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

overcorrection

play \-kə-ˈrek-shən\ noun

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