over·​ex·​trap·​o·​late ˌō-vər-ik-ˈstra-pə-ˌlāt How to pronounce overextrapolate (audio)
overextrapolated; overextrapolating

transitive + intransitive

: to extrapolate to an excessive degree
Don't overextrapolate—do not try to write an entire paper based on a few findings that are not strongly related to your topic.Gail M. Staines et al.
I do not want to overextrapolate from these testimonials to suggest that this was a universal experience for all respondents.Oliver Wang
… many of its articles overextrapolate and overgeneralize preliminary research results.Kathleen Meister
overextrapolated adjective
overextrapolated research
overextrapolation noun
plural overextrapolations
… massive overextrapolation from a single data point … Jon Evans

Word History

First Known Use

1960, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overextrapolate was in 1960

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“Overextrapolate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overextrapolate. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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