capacity beyond what is normal, allowed, or desirable.
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How to use overcapacity in a sentence
That leaves some labs stretched to overcapacity while others stand idle.Why It's Way Harder to Get Tested for Monkeypox Than It Should Be | Jeffrey Kluger | July 22, 2022 | Time
The petrochemicals industry is already burdened with overcapacity, even as it pours billions into capacity expansions.Big Oil’s hopes are pinned on plastics. It won’t end well. | David Roberts | September 4, 2020 | Vox
Rising competition and overcapacity in the panel-producing industry has driven down the cost of solar panel systems.
America has a vast overcapacity of things like bedrooms, cars, and conference rooms, all of them idle most of the time.
Despite this existing overcapacity, another 1.4 billion gallons of distilling capacity is under construction.
British Dictionary definitions for overcapacity
the situation in which an industry or business cannot sell as much as it produces
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