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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Recent Examples on the Web The result is that over time, declining species can become overrepresented in the literature. Matthew D. Moran, The Conversation, "Insect apocalypse? Not so fast, at least in North America," 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, "As coronavirus cases rise among immigrant and refugee groups, Multnomah County works to rebuild relationships," 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, "Harvard’s ‘Legacy’ Preferences Are a National Disgrace," 23 Sep. 2019 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

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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 19 Oct. 2020.

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