overgovern

verb, transitive + intransitive over·gov·ern \ ˌō-vər-ˈgə-vərn \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of overgovern

overgoverned; overgoverning
: 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

First Known Use of overgovern

1845


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