over·​rep·​re·​sent·​ed | \ ˈō-vər-ˌre-pri-ˈzen-təd How to pronounce overrepresented (audio) , ˈō-və- \

Definition of overrepresented

: represented excessively especially : having representatives in a proportion higher than the average

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overrepresentation \ ˈō-​vər-​ˌre-​pri-​ˌzen-​ˈtā-​shən How to pronounce overrepresented (audio) , ˈō-​və-​ , -​zən-​ \ noun

Examples of overrepresented in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many resources and networks exist for founders from overrepresented backgrounds that do not exist for those from underrepresented ones. Nik Milanovic, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 While Latinos represented the largest portion of victims, Black people were the most overrepresented among victims when compared with the city’s overall population, the data show. Kevin Rector, Los Angeles Times, 13 Aug. 2021 Children of Muslim immigrants from former French colonies became overrepresented, and now Muslims are believed to account for 15 to 20 percent of troops, or two to three times the Muslim share of the total French population. New York Times, 26 June 2021 For one thing, there is almost certainly no more overrepresented group in media, at least in relation to the population, than center-right conservatives. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 24 Feb. 2021 Catholics are even more overrepresented in the judiciary. Peter Hammond Schwartz, The New Republic, 3 Feb. 2021 The result is that over time, declining species can become overrepresented in the literature. Matthew D. Moran, The Conversation, 10 Aug. 2020 Latino communities are still extremely overrepresented in coronavirus cases, representing 35% of all positive cases in Multnomah County despite only making up 11% of the population. oregonlive, 1 July 2020 Without preferences, many white legacies would be replaced by white non-legacies — or by Asians, the overrepresented minority at the heart of the aforementioned lawsuit. Robert Verbruggen, National Review, 23 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of overrepresented

1900, in the meaning defined above

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“Overrepresented.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overrepresented. Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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