: excessively determined
: having more than one determining psychological factor
Recent Examples on the Web Assembly theory, its advocates say, escapes from that kind of overdetermined picture. —Philip Ball, Quanta Magazine, 4 May 2023 But in their case, a glamorous romp became an overdetermined narrative, beset by Hollywood excess and mental illness, until what began as a truly, madly adulterous affair ended in pathos, as Leigh, worn down by bipolar disorder, depression and tuberculosis, died in 1967. —Matt Damsker, USA TODAY, 22 Mar. 2022 Its bulbous concrete supports reminded me of towers of Champagne glasses or an overdetermined cake, a showy design that seems to demonstrate form for form’s sake. —Eva Hagberg, Curbed, 16 June 2022 The division between the chimpanzees of Nigeria-Cameroon and those of the western Congo region may be one with an overdetermined number of causes. —Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 4 July 2013 Out of such simple things are the deepest metaphors made, often overdetermined or contradictory, imbued with preternatural power. —Ange Mlinko, The New York Review of Books, 1 Dec. 2022 The sequels abound with chattering characters—the Merovingian, the Last Exile, the Analyst—who pile up a Jenga tower of explanations for what’s going on, but whose relationship to the story feels both overdetermined and maddeningly elusive. —Ryu Spaeth, The New Republic, 22 Dec. 2021 Perversely, Rose’s flatness ends up flattening Chuntao, too, making her reactions seem both overdetermined and vague. —Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 10 Oct. 2021 If the miracle of The Mandalorian continues, viewers of future seasons will only rarely notice an overdetermined hand of fate guiding the action. —Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 21 June 2021 See More
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