overrepresented

adjective

over·​rep·​re·​sent·​ed ˈō-vər-ˌre-pri-ˈzen-təd How to pronounce overrepresented (audio)
ˈō-və-
: represented excessively
especially : having representatives in a proportion higher than the average
overrepresentation noun

Examples of overrepresented in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many of the Counting Crows’ most overrepresented nouns could be a wallpaper motif for a six-year-old boy’s bedroom. Leila Sales, SPIN, 8 Jan. 2024 But perhaps the point is that the meaning of discrimination varies with context, and that jurists view underrepresented minorities’ discrimination claims differently from overrepresented minorities’ discrimination claims. Jeannie Suk Gersen, The New Yorker, 26 June 2023 An overrepresented majority are Latino (35%), Black (26%) and Native American (12%). Kayla Jimenez, USA TODAY, 21 June 2023 To be sure, some imbalance is inevitable: Because the objective is descriptive representation of the entire population, volunteers who belong to groups that are underrepresented in the pool are more likely to be selected than those in overrepresented groups. Ariel Procaccia, Scientific American, 20 Oct. 2022 Interestingly, non-Hispanic whites are represented in proportion to their numbers in the general population among young doctors and medical students, though a bit overrepresented in proportion to their age bracket. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 7 Apr. 2010 Girls were hugely overrepresented, accounting for nearly 78% of cases. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, 1 June 2022 White and male employees remain overrepresented in positions that pay the highest salaries, offer the best benefits and provide a path to promotions in the Standard & Poor's 100. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, 7 Feb. 2022 Klein says that the Republicans, with overrepresented rural counties on their side, can afford to move a lot further from the center than the Democrats can. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 27 Dec. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of overrepresented was in 1900

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“Overrepresented.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overrepresented. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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