over·​struc·​ture | \ ˌō-vər-ˈstrək-chər How to pronounce overstructure (audio) \
overstructured; overstructuring

Definition of overstructure

transitive verb

: to design or do (something) according to an excessively rigid structure When children's lives have been overstructured, they will experience boredom for a while, until they regain their inner directedness.— Aletha Solter … was never known for overstructuring his offense, much less branding it. He relied on his players' instincts to move the ball and hit the open man.— Harvey Araton

Other Words from overstructure

overstructured adjective
an overstructured routine that she followed obsessively

First Known Use of overstructure

1962, in the meaning defined above

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“Overstructure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overstructure. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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