over·​gen·​er·​ous | \ ˌō-vər-ˈjen-rəs How to pronounce overgenerous (audio) , -ˈje-nə- \

Definition of overgenerous

: excessively generous Drowning in gifts from overgenerous grandparents? Encourage your child to donate a few to kids who have less.Today's Parent His usually sympathetic, sometimes overgenerous interpretation of others' motives has been a hallmark of his character at least since his student days.— Hendrik Hertzberg

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overgenerously adverb
… the notion that the city's workers are overgenerously paid … The Record Searchlight (Redding, California) In fact, the house salad would have been perfect had not a tart, bottled-tasting dressing been overgenerously ladled on top. — Susan Braunstein overgenerously describes itself as "one of America's greatest newspapers," … The Washington Post

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1719, in the meaning defined above

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“Overgenerous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overgenerous. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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