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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 for overzealous
  • The tone of your article suggests that the detentions were overzealous.
  • Don't be overzealous with the skills or qualifications you're asking for.
  • Though treasure hunters think environmentalists are acting in good faith, many believe that they have been overzealous.
  • But then its charges had to be dismissed because an overzealous grand juror insisted on investigating on his own.
  • The law professor turned his artistic talents into a powerful tool for battling overzealous copyright laws.
  • overzealous insecticidal use may cause toxic reactions in patients.
  • It was an unopened bottle, bought in the departure area, so this seemed a bit overzealous.
  • overzealous police action may delay reporting of diseases.
  • Indeed, some of them amount to overzealous law enforcement railroading suspects, he said.
  • Combine this condition with overzealous drivers, and intersections easily become gridlocked.
British Dictionary definitions for overzealous

overzealous

/ˌəʊvəˈzɛləs/
adjective
1.
excessively zealous
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Word Origin and History for overzealous
overzealous
1630s, from over + zealous (q.v.).
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