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: having personnel in excess of that prescribed by a table of organization : being in excess of the personnel prescribed by a table of organization
praying fervently some office or other would find some outfit or other overstrengthJames Jones


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: an excess of strength
specifically : the excess of personnel over that prescribed by a table of organization

Word History



over entry 2 + strength, noun

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“Overstrength.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overstrength. Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

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