overinform

verb over·in·form \ ˌō-vər-in-ˈfȯrm \

Definition of overinform

overinformed; overinforming
transitive + intransitive
: to inform (someone or something) too much: such as
a T : to provide (someone) with more information than is usual or strictly necessary
  • … argues that its management must overinform its employees by sending the same messages through duplicate channels …
  • —Krysztof Obloj et al.
  • … we encourage the county to fix nonworking sirens, even if the information they provide is redundant for many people. Overinforming the public about such things as the potential for a tornado is OK.
  • The Green Bay (Wisconsin) Press-Gazette
b T : to play too large a part in determining the character or essence of (something)
  • But neither should the prevalence of risk factors … overinform investing strategy …
  • —Tim Shufelt
  • When we are separate from others, our judgments of them are likely to be overinformed by the odd, memorable, and negative case.
  • —Bruce Evan Blaine
c I : to provide excessive or unnecessary information or instruction
  • New administrators who overinform or seek advice too frequently … can weaken their relationships with their superintendents.
  • —Thomas A. Kersten

First Known Use of overinform

1925

in the meaning defined above

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