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overcompensate (v.)

also over-compensate, "compensate excessively," 1758 (implied in over-compensated), from over- + compensate. Related: Over-compensating.

updated on October 23, 2019

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Definitions of overcompensate from WordNet

overcompensate (v.)
make up for shortcomings or a feeling of inferiority by exaggerating good qualities;
Synonyms: cover / compensate
overcompensate (v.)
make excessive corrections for fear of making an error;
Synonyms: over-correct
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