Definition of Overcompensate

1. Verb. Make up for shortcomings or a feeling of inferiority by exaggerating good qualities. "He is compensating for being a bad father"

Exact synonyms: Compensate, Cover
Related verbs: Cover, Insure, Underwrite
Generic synonyms: Compensate, Correct, Counterbalance, Even Off, Even Out, Even Up, Make Up
Derivative terms: Compensation, Overcompensation



2. Verb. Make excessive corrections for fear of making an error.
Exact synonyms: Over-correct
Generic synonyms: Compensate, Correct, Redress, Right

Definition of Overcompensate

1. Verb. To do an excessive amount in one area in an effort to overcome a perceived lack in another area. ¹

2. Verb. To provide excessive pay or reward for work performed. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Overcompensate

1. [v -SATED, -SATING, -SATES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Overcompensate

overcommercialize
overcommercialized
overcommercializes
overcommercializing
overcommit
overcommitment
overcommitments
overcommits
overcommitted
overcommitting
overcommunicate
overcommunicated
overcommunicates
overcommunicating
overcommunication
overcompensate (current term)
overcompensated
overcompensates
overcompensating
overcompensation
overcompensations
overcompensatory
overcompetitive
overcompetitiveness
overcomplacency
overcomplete
overcompleteness
overcomplex
overcomplexities
overcomplexity

Literary usage of Overcompensate

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Medical Implications of Nuclear War by Fredric Solomon, Robert Q. Marston (1986)
"... is highly sensitive to the danger of becoming overly dependent on his advisers may overcompensate in order to safeguard against the possibility that his ..."

2. Mathematical and Physical Papers: Collected from Different Scientific by Baron William Thomson Kelvin, Sir Joseph Larmor, James Prescott Joule (1890)
"... being in the ordinary glass great enough to overcompensate in the resulting thermometric indication the augmenting expansion of the mercury from 100° to ..."

3. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"... is greater in the soft ordinary glass than in the hard Choisi le Roi glass, being in the ordinary glass great enough to overcompensate in the resulting ..."

4. Screamfree Parenting: Raising Your Kids by Keeping Your Cool by Hal Edward Runkel (2005)
"Or beginning to overcompensate (ever pick up after your kids because you're so tired of battling them about it?). Some of us just give up and keep giving in ..."

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