over·​reg·​u·​late ˌō-vər-ˈre-gyə-ˌlāt How to pronounce overregulate (audio)
 also  -ˈrā-
overregulated; overregulating

transitive + intransitive

: 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
ˌō-vər-ˌre-gyə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce overregulate (audio)
 also  -ˌrā-
… risked hurting the economy through overregulation. Richard Brookhiser

Word History

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overregulate was in 1881

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“Overregulate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overregulate. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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