over·​ser·​vice | \ ˌō-vər-ˈsər-vəs How to pronounce overservice (audio) \

Definition of overservice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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


overserviced; overservicing

Definition of overservice (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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 overserviced— Gale Scott

First Known Use of overservice


1816, in the meaning defined above


1917, in the meaning defined above

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“Overservice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overservice. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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