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[ hahy-per-kuh-rek-shuh n ]
/ ˌhaɪ pər kəˈrɛk ʃən /

noun Linguistics.

the substitution, in an inappropriate context, of a pronunciation, grammatical form, or usage thought by the speaker or writer to be appropriate, resulting usually from overgeneralizing in an effort to replace seemingly incorrect forms with correct ones, as the substitution of between you and I for between you and me, by analogy with you and I as the subject of a sentence.
the form so substituted.

Nearby words

hyperchromic anemia, hyperchylia, hyperchylomicronemia, hyperconscious, hypercorrect, hypercorrection, hypercortisolism, hypercritic, hypercritical, hypercriticism, hypercryesthesia

Origin of hypercorrection

First recorded in 1930–35; hyper- + correction Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for hypercorrection

  • Fear of offending the grammar police can even produce a novel type of error called a hypercorrection.

    Go Ahead, End With a Preposition: Grammar Rules We All Can Live With|Nick Romeo|November 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST

British Dictionary definitions for hypercorrection


/ (ˌhaɪpəkəˈrɛkʃən) /


a mistaken correction to text or speech made through a desire to avoid nonstandard pronunciation or grammar``between you and I'' is a hypercorrection of ``between you and me''
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012