over·​de·​ter·​mined | \ ˌō-vər-di-ˈtər-mənd How to pronounce overdetermined (audio) \

Definition of overdetermined

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

Examples of overdetermined in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 But the first run of Resident Evil 3 already feels like the speed-run, harried and overdetermined. Julie Muncy, Wired, 3 Apr. 2020 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, 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, 9 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of overdetermined

1917, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Overdetermined.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overdetermined. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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over·​de·​ter·​mined | \ -di-ˈtər-mənd How to pronounce overdetermined (audio) \

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

Other Words from overdetermined

overdetermination \ -​di-​ˌtər-​mə-​ˈnā-​shən How to pronounce overdetermined (audio) \ noun


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