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over·​ser·​vice ˌō-vər-ˈsər-vəs How to pronounce overservice (audio)
: an excessive or unnecessary degree of service
… I discourage individuals talking about overservice to any group because there are far more eligible in any group than we have the capacity to serve.Susan Cleere Flores


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overserviced; overservicing

transitive + intransitive

: to service (someone or something) unnecessarily or to an excessive degree
Lawyers who charge exorbitant fees and overservice clients will be the target of an inquiry …Alex Mitchell
All provinces dream of putting an end to fee-for-service medicine because it provides strong incentives to doctors to overservice their patients.Jane Coutts
Because a faceless third party is paying the bill, there is a perverse incentive for patients to overutilise medical services and for providers to overservice.Claire Bisseker
… sought to close five hospitals located in areas he thought were overservicedGale Scott

Word History

First Known Use


1816, in the meaning defined above


1917, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overservice was in 1816

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Cite this Entry

“Overservice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overservice. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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