over·​gov·​ern ˌō-vər-ˈgə-vərn How to pronounce overgovern (audio)
overgoverned; overgoverning

transitive + intransitive

: to exercise excessive control in governing (someone or something)
The governor who is the least huffy and who is most careful not to overgovern is the one who has the most authority. Enforce civility upon all minor officials. Courtesy is a duty public servants owe to the humblest members of the public.Settler Self-Government, 1840-1900
overgoverned adjective
an overgoverned country

Word History

First Known Use

1845, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overgovern was in 1845

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“Overgovern.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overgovern. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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