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overstress

verb over·stress \ ˌō-vər-ˈstres \

Definition of overstress

overstressed; overstressing
: to stress (someone or something) excessively: such as
a : to subject (someone or something) to excessive physical or psychological stress
  • overstressed himself with too many commitments
  • … workers often overstress their muscles and tissues to the point where they become inflamed …
  • Predicasts Technology Update
  • … the alternate action of the wind on either side of the church overstressed the intermediate external pillar, which failed.
  • —Mario Salvadori
b : to place too much emphasis on (something) : overemphasize
  • overstress the possibility of an unlikely problem
  • The importance of this point can't be overstressed. = I can't overstress the importance of this point.

overstressed

play \ˌō-vər-ˈstrest\ adjective
    • feeling tired and overstressed

First Known Use of overstress

1872

in the meaning defined above

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overstress

noun over·stress \ ˈō-vər-ˌstres \

Definition of overstress

: an excessive amount of physical or psychological stress
  • overstress on a building's supports
  • He learned a short left leg had resulted in overstress on the right foot.
  • —Hillary Gavan
  • While a certain level of stress can increase productivity, overstress causes us—at a deep, biological level—to start making choices that are unwise, unsafe, and even unethical.
  • —Brian Whetten

First Known Use of overstress

1850

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