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 overrepresentation (audio) , ˈō-​və-​ , -​zən-​ \ noun

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Samoans have become the most overrepresented group, per capita, in the NFL. Rob Ruck, The Conversation, "I traveled to American Samoa 5 times to study the secret to its football success," 8 Aug. 2019 The only two categories in which women were somewhat overrepresented were neurological conditions and musculoskeletal conditions. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "25 years of women being underrepresented in medical research, in charts," 3 July 2019 Women in New Zealand are overrepresented in low-wage industries. Kayla Webley Adler, Marie Claire, "Meet Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand," 23 July 2018 In New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio recently recommended changing the admissions criteria for the city’s most elite public schools, where Asian-Americans are vastly overrepresented and black and Latino students are underrepresented. John Eligon, New York Times, "Asian-Americans Face Multiple Fronts in Battle Over Affirmative Action," 16 June 2018 However, 23 percent were undecided, and the Wagner campaign said the survey’s sample overrepresented Democratic voters. Andrew Seidman, Philly.com, "Planned Parenthood to spend $1.5 million for Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf's reelection campaign," 15 June 2018 One problem had been that certain record labels or label groups seemed overrepresented year in and year out, something that was especially noticeable in some of the classical categories. Randy Lewis, The Seattle Times, "The Grammy Awards at 60: What a long, strange trip it’s been," 27 Jan. 2018 That disadvantage doesn’t exist in the Senate, but a related one does: Because the states have equal representation—two senators each—rural states are hugely overrepresented relative to those with larger, more dense populations. Jamelle Bouie, Slate Magazine, "“Minority rule” will enable the success of even more extreme candidates like Roy Moore—and Donald Trump.," 29 Sep. 2017 Beneficiaries are even more overrepresented in the Southeast and central Appalachia. Terrence Mccoy, Washington Post, "Did you know in rural America, disability benefit rates are twice as high as in urban areas?," 22 July 2017

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First Known Use of overrepresented

1900, in the meaning defined above

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