- correction beyond what is needed or customary, especially when leading to error; overadjustment: The pilot made an overcorrection for headwinds.
Origin of overcorrection
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Examples from the Web for over-correction
It was perhaps due in part to over-correction, when the context was forgotten and the subject had lost its freshness.Alexander Pope
Advancement of the tenotomized muscle should be performed if the over-correction be only discovered after the operation.
Word Origin and History for over-correction
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- An adjustment that surpasses a set criterion, especially of a desired behavior.
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