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overcompensate

o·ver·com·pen·sate

overcompensate

 
pronunciation:
o vr kam pn seIt
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb
features:
Word Combinations (verb)
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: overcompensated, overcompensates, overcompensating
definition 1: to make an adjustment beyond what is required.
In swerving to avoid the dog, the driver overcompensated and hit the guard rail.
definition 2: in psychology, to try to correct a personal fault or personality defect by exaggerated antithetical behavior.
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition: to make an excessive repayment or reparation to.
He overcompensated us by twenty dollars.
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derivations: overcompensatory (adj.), overcompensation (n.)