overestimation

noun over·es·ti·ma·tion \ ˌō-vər-ˌe-stə-ˈmā-shən \

Definition of overestimation

plural overestimations
: the act or an instance of estimating someone or something too highly
  • The overestimation of the value of an advance in medicine can lead to more trouble than anyone can foresee …
  • —Lewis Thomas
  • … their wild overestimation of the reader's attention span …
  • —Lev Grossman
  • … potential problems of underestimation or overestimation of disease rates …
  • —Tonny J. Oyana et al.

First Known Use of overestimation

1808

in the meaning defined above

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