overrespond

verb over·re·spond \ ˌō-vər-ri-ˈspänd \

Definition of overrespond

overresponded; overresponding
: to respond to something or someone too strongly : overreact
  • Democracies have a way of responding, perhaps overresponding, only to clear and present dangers.
  • —Colin S. Gray
  • Try not to overrespond to anger and hostility. It almost always pays to be courteous, respectful, and tactful …
  • —William J. Diehm
  • An allergic reaction is when the body overresponds to some substance …
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First Known Use of overrespond

1918

in the meaning defined above

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