over·​en·​cour·​age | \ ˌō-vər-in-ˈkər-ij How to pronounce overencourage (audio) , -ˈkə-rij, -en- \
overencouraged; overencouraging

Definition of overencourage

transitive verb

: to encourage (someone or something) to an extreme or excessive degree At this point it is critical for teachers not to overencourage the students or to simplify the task. Students must discover on their own that if they start to think, they can in fact solve the task.— Stanley Pogrow and Gary Londer The favorable climate for business start-ups encourages new technologies and, indeed, overencouraged them in the late 1990s.— Hans-Peter Blossfeld et al.

First Known Use of overencourage

1768, in the meaning defined above

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“Overencourage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overencourage. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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