Definition of overstress
(Entry 1 of 2)
: 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.
Definition of overstress (Entry 2 of 2)
: 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
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