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

Examples of overregulate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Washington Times later reports that Schneider also takes issue with his home state overregulating his vitamin business. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 28 June 2023 China’s government considers biopharmaceuticals an important economic driver and has no incentive to overregulate the sector, the U.S. Commission on Combating Synthetic Opioid Trafficking said in February. Brian Spegele, WSJ, 22 Dec. 2022

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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 12 Apr. 2024.

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