overgovern

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

Definition of overgovern

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

Other Words from overgovern

overgoverned adjective
an overgoverned country

First Known Use of overgovern

1845, in the meaning defined above

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“Overgovern.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overgovern. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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