over·​de·​sign | \ ˌō-vər-di-ˈzīn How to pronounce overdesign (audio) \
overdesigned; overdesigning; overdesigns

Definition of overdesign

transitive verb

: to design in a manner that is excessively complex or that exceeds usual standards (as of sturdiness or safety)

Examples of overdesign in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The present system is overdesigned for those surges, with earthen levees and concrete structures containing as much as 3 feet of extra storage space, or freeboard, to account for subsidence and sea level rise over their 50-year design life. Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com, "New Orleans area levee system 'high risk,' and 'minimally acceptable', Corps says," 22 May 2018 To me that ring is a mix of something that is really strong, and old, and feminine, and not overdesigned, which is all that Ruth embodies. Thomas Beller, Town & Country, "Ruth Negga In Full Bloom," 26 June 2017

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First Known Use of overdesign

1931, in the meaning defined above

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“Overdesign.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overdesign. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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