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overcompensate

[oh-ver-kom-puh n-seyt] /ˌoʊ vərˈkɒm pənˌseɪt/
verb (used with object), overcompensated, overcompensating.
1.
to compensate or reward excessively; overpay:
Some stockholders feel the executives are being overcompensated and that bonuses should be reduced.
verb (used without object), overcompensated, overcompensating.
2.
to exhibit psychological overcompensation; strive to overcome a sense of inferiority through overt, opposite behavior:
The aggressive patient may be overcompensating, and be a profoundly shy person beneath the façade.
Origin
1760-1770
1760-70; over- + compensate; as term in psychology, perhaps back formation from overcompensation
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  • They intensify blue, causing red and green to overcompensate in the image.
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  • However, the method used to compute payment rates tended to overcompensate for inflation.
  • Unless compensation proposals explicitly considered that phenomenon, they might overcompensate some property owners.
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  • Each member must contribute equally so that a few members do not unfairly have to overcompensate.
  • In a heart under severe stress, some cells die and others overcompensate.
  • One innate characteristic of the human mind is to overcompensate for any form of added security.
  • Maybe it was simply trying to overcompensate for its earlier failure to investigate complaints against the recalled tires.
  • Problems arise when designers overcompensate for differences in standards and design of infrastructure.
British Dictionary definitions for overcompensate

overcompensate

/ˌəʊvəˈkɒmpɛnˌseɪt/
verb
1.
to compensate (a person or thing) excessively
2.
(intransitive) (psychol) to engage in overcompensation
Derived Forms
overcompensatory, adjective
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