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overcorrection

[oh-ver-kuh-rek-shuh n] /ˌoʊ vər kəˈrɛk ʃən/
noun
1.
correction beyond what is needed or customary, especially when leading to error; overadjustment:
The pilot made an overcorrection for headwinds.
Origin of overcorrection
1880-1885
1880-85; over- + correction
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  • Advancement of the tenotomized muscle should be performed if the over-correction be only discovered after the operation.

  • It was perhaps due in part to over-correction, when the context was forgotten and the subject had lost its freshness.

    Alexander Pope Leslie Stephen
Word Origin and History for over-correction
n.

1828, from over- + correction.

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over-correction in Medicine

overcorrection o·ver·cor·rec·tion (ō'vər-kə-rěk'shən)
n.
An adjustment that surpasses a set criterion, especially of a desired behavior.

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