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[oh-ver-kuh-pas-i-tee] /ˌoʊ vər kəˈpæs ɪ ti/
noun, plural overcapacities.
capacity beyond what is normal, allowed, or desirable.
1925-30; over- + capacity Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples from the web for overcapacity
  • Big tumors, or several tumors dispersed throughout the body, present an overcapacity problem.
  • We would have reduced some of the overcapacity that plagues the global industry.
  • According to the cruise line executive, another problem is overcapacity.
  • The domestic oil market is being rocked by declining demand and overcapacity issues.
  • But they're more overcapacity, as their usefulness is rarely exploited.
  • In addition, in so many industries there is overcapacity.
  • Of late, higher prices have translated into record profits for an industry once dogged by overcapacity and low returns.
  • Some economists argue that worldwide overcapacity threatens to unleash deflation in the world economy.
  • Despite all the restructuring, overcapacity persists and margins are still poor.
  • However, in the short term, there is considerable overcapacity.
British Dictionary definitions for overcapacity


the situation in which an industry or business cannot sell as much as it produces
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