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overborne

[oh-ver-bawrn, -bohrn] /ˌoʊ vərˈbɔrn, -ˈboʊrn/
adjective
1.
overcome; crushed; oppressed.
verb
2.
past participle of overbear.

overbear

[oh-ver-bair] /ˌoʊ vərˈbɛər/
verb (used with object), overbore, overborne, overbearing.
1.
to bear over or down by weight or force:
With his superior strength he easily overbore his opponent in the fight.
2.
to overcome or overwhelm:
A spirited defense had overborne the enemy attack.
3.
to prevail over or overrule (wishes, objections, etc.):
She overbore all objections to the new plan.
4.
to treat in a domineering way; dominate:
to overbear one's children with threats of violence.
5.
Nautical. (of a sailing ship) to have the advantage of (another sailing ship) because of an ability to carry more canvas safely.
verb (used without object), overbore, overborne, overbearing.
6.
to produce fruit or progeny so abundantly as to impair the health.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; over- + bear1
Related forms
overbearer, noun
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Examples from the web for overborne
  • Their first terrestrial zest had chilled and overborne.
  • Defendant's will was not overborne by a promise of leniency rendering his statements involuntary.
  • The proper inquiry is whether the defendant's will has been overborne or her capacity for self-determination critically impaired.
  • The weakness of the showing regarding one factor may be overborne by the strength of the others.
  • They must demonstrate that the defendant's will was not overborne and that his decision to speak was freely and voluntarily made.
  • There was no evidence of police coercion that might have overborne respondent's will and thereby violated due process.
British Dictionary definitions for overborne

overbear

/ˌəʊvəˈbɛə/
verb -bears, -bearing, -bore, -borne
1.
(transitive) to dominate or overcome: to overbear objections
2.
(transitive) to press or bear down with weight or physical force
3.
to produce or bear (fruit, progeny, etc) excessively
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Word Origin and History for overborne

overbear

v.

late 14c., "to carry over," from over- + bear (v.). Meaning "to bear down by weight of physical force" is from 1535 (in Coverdale), originally nautical, of an overwhelming wind; figurative sense of "to overcome and repress by power, authority, etc." is from 1560s.

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