over·​de·​ter·​mined | \ ˌō-vər-di-ˈtər-mənd \

Definition of overdetermined 

1 : excessively determined
2 : having more than one determining psychological factor

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Each episode ends up as an extended joke about how the superhero genre works, with every hideous, terrifying protagonist defeated in a quick overdetermined anticlimax. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "The best superhero stories admit that superheroes are ridiculous," 11 July 2018 Even an exhibit that glamorizes Eichmann’s capture cannot overcome the problems posed by his ambiguous character, his many lies, and his overdetermined trial. Andrew Koenig, National Review, "Eichmann Revisited," 9 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of overdetermined

1917, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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over·​de·​ter·​mined | \ -di-ˈtər-mənd \

Medical Definition of overdetermined 

: having more than one determining psychological factor : affording an outlet for more than a single wish or need an overdetermined dream symbol

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overdetermination \ -​di-​ˌtər-​mə-​ˈnā-​shən \ noun

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