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overzealous

[oh-ver-zel-uh s] /ˈoʊ vərˈzɛl əs/
adjective
1.
too zealous:
overzealous for reform.
Origin
1625-1635
1625-35; over- + zealous
Related forms
overzealously, adverb
overzealousness, noun
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Examples from the web for over zealous
  • Let us not punish these companies and there customers by over zealous regulation.
  • The regulator did not know enough to regulate effectively and efficiently and now have become over zealous.
  • These dogs were showing no signs of aggression, but might have met up with a over zealous shotgun due to their powerful presence.
  • over zealous exercise of expansive and ill-defined regulatory powers would quickly descend into the realm of the ludicrous.
British Dictionary definitions for over zealous

overzealous

/ˌəʊvəˈzɛləs/
adjective
1.
excessively zealous
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Word Origin and History for over zealous

overzealous

adj.

also over-zealous, 1630s, from over- + zealous. Related: Overzealously; overzealousness.

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