overregulate

verb, transitive + intransitive over·reg·u·late \ ˌō-vər-ˈre-gyə-ˌlāt also -ˈrā- \

Definition of overregulate

overregulated; overregulating
: to regulate (something) to an excessive degree
  • Hospitals bitterly oppose the passage of such laws, saying they oversimplify complex issues and overregulate an already struggling industry.
  • —Tessa DeCarlo
  • This tendency to overregulate, which results from political pressures …
  • —Clark C. Havighurst

overregulation

play \ˌō-vər-ˌre-gyə-ˈlā-shən, -ˌre-gə- also -ˌrā-\ noun
    • … risked hurting the economy through overregulation.
    • —Richard Brookhiser

First Known Use of overregulate

1881

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