- to compensate or reward excessively; overpay: Some stockholders feel the executives are being overcompensated and that bonuses should be reduced.
- 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 of overcompensate
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- to compensate (a person or thing) excessively
- (intr) psychol to engage in overcompensation
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Word Origin and History for over-compensate
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