[verb oh-ver-es-tuh-meyt; noun oh-ver-es-tuh-mit]
- to estimate at too high a value, amount, rate, or the like: Don't overestimate the car's trade-in value.
- to hold in too great esteem or to expect too much from: Don't overestimate him—he's no smarter than you are.
- an estimate that is too high.
Origin of overestimate
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Examples from the Web for over-estimation
I think it is the reaction to their over-estimation in former times.A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis
Her fertile character was free from all taint of over-estimation of herself.Recollections Of My Childhood And Youth
This is the way the spirit of youth is emasculated, deadened through an over-estimation of one's own value.
Even with a very complete elementary training this is not an over-estimation, assuming that equipment is up to date and complete.The History of the 51st (Highland) Division 1914-1918
Frederick William Bewsher
Was this a deliberate boast, self-deception, or merely an over-estimation of morbid feelings?History of the Jews, Vol. V (of 6)
- (tr) to value or estimate too highly
- an estimate that is too high
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Word Origin and History for over-estimation
1793, noun of action from over-estimate (v.).
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