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

Definition of overextrapolate

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

Other Words from overextrapolate

overextrapolated adjective
overextrapolated research
overextrapolation \ ˌō-​vər-​ik-​ˌstra-​pə-​ˈlā-​shən How to pronounce overextrapolation (audio) \ noun, plural overextrapolations
… massive overextrapolation from a single data point … — Jon Evans

First Known Use of overextrapolate

1960, in the meaning defined above

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“Overextrapolate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overextrapolate. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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