overprotect

verb over·pro·tect \ ˌō-vər-prə-ˈtekt \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of overprotect

overprotected; overprotecting
transitive verb
: to protect (someone or something) more than is necessary or reasonable
  • Resist overprotecting your daughter because it sends the message that you think she can't handle the situation …
  • —Kathy Lynn
  • But this lawsuit questions whether the university had overprotected an athlete.
  • —Marcia Chambers
  • One never notices a dead flower, and other artists have said they feel the garden actually looks too fresh and overprotected.
  • —R. I. C. Fisher

overprotection

play \ˌō-vər-prə-ˈtek-shən\ noun
    • … millennials' perceived entitlement isn't a result of overprotection but an adaptation to a world of abundance.
    • —Joel Stein

overprotective

play \ˌō-vər-prə-ˈtek-tiv\ adjective
    • … she was constantly anxious and pathologically overprotective of her son; he had, literally, to escape the grounds of their estate and the watchfulness of a swarm of servants in order to play with another child.
    • —Anne Bernays

overprotectiveness

noun
    • held back by the overprotectiveness of his parents

First Known Use of overprotect

circa 1885


Medical Dictionary

overprotect

transitive verb over·pro·tect \ -prə-ˈtekt \

medical Definition of overprotect

: to protect unduly
  • overprotected children

overprotective

play \-ˈtek-tiv\ adjective

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