over·​pro·​duc·​tion ˌō-vər-prə-ˈdək-shən How to pronounce overproduction (audio)
: the act or an instance of producing too much of something
By law, a French wine maker can only produce so much wine from a given acre of vines. This is meant to prevent uncontrolled—and unconscionable—overproduction.Frank J. Prial
That situation came to a head during the Great Depression, when an extended bout of overproduction led to falling prices and a severe farm crisis.Tom Philpott
The site will give the company better information about customer demand, helping it avoid shortages of popular vehicles and overproduction of duds.Eric Young
In sensitized individuals, normally harmless substances, such as pollens and molds, trigger the overproduction of histamine …Gary Rachelefsky

Examples of overproduction in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The tariffs point to growing concerns that overproduction of these kinds of goods by China could significantly hurt his agenda – particularly in an election year when both candidates are pledging to be tough on China. Selina Wang, ABC News, 13 May 2024 Causes include overproduction of pigmentation, lax skin, allergies and poor circulation. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, 23 Mar. 2024 Trending on Billboard Adrianne Lenker, Bright Future In a music landscape where overproduction can feel like the new norm, Big Thief star Adrianne Lenker is offering something antithetical. Stephen Daw, Billboard, 22 Mar. 2024 Appetite also prevents heat overproduction that interferes with the loss of weight. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 2 June 2023 Williams said in 2018 that she had been diagnosed years before with Graves’ disease, which leads to the overproduction of thyroid hormones and can cause wide-ranging symptoms that can affect overall health. Diana Dasrath, NBC News, 24 Feb. 2024 Busts follow the overproduction, which see lower prices for oil and under-investment by the industry. Sunny Nagpaul, Fortune, 27 Jan. 2024 With a laser-sharp focus, Gibney examines the shocking crimes committed by Big Pharma and the complicit politicians who turned a blind eye to the explosion of drug abuse that followed, from overproduction to reckless distribution. James Mercadante and Lindsay Martell, EW.com, 21 Sep. 2023 Adopting small-batch production minimizes the risk of overproduction and potential waste. Ebony Flake, Essence, 26 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1822, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of overproduction was in 1822

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“Overproduction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overproduction. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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