- 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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Related Words for overcompensatecounterpoise, countervail, retrieve, atone, redress, recoup, expiate, return, recover, propitiate, pay, fix, reciprocate, compensate, square, satisfy, grease, indemnify, reimburse, remunerate
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Contemporary Examples of overcompensate
Gladwell argues that they are successful because they had to overcompensate when they were young for their difficulty reading.Malcolm Gladwell In Five Minutes: What to Know to Pretend You’ve Read the New Book
October 5, 2013
- to compensate (a person or thing) excessively
- (intr) psychol to engage in overcompensation
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