overregulate

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

Definition of overregulate

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

Other Words from overregulate

overregulation \ ˌō-​vər-​ˌre-​gyə-​ˈlā-​shən How to pronounce overregulation (audio) , -​ˌre-​gə-​ also  -​ˌrā-​ \ noun
… risked hurting the economy through overregulation. — Richard Brookhiser

First Known Use of overregulate

1881, in the meaning defined above

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“Overregulate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overregulate. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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