[ oh-ver-kom-puhn-sey-shuhn ]
/ ˈoʊ vərˌkɒm pənˈseɪ ʃən /
a pronounced striving to neutralize and conceal a strong but unacceptable character trait by substituting for it an opposite trait.
compensation to an unnecessary or unreasonable degree: The pay was overcompensation for the work done.
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Origin of overcompensation
OTHER WORDS FROM overcompensationo·ver·com·pen·sa·to·ry [oh-ver-kuhm-pen-suh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee], /ˈoʊ vər kəmˈpɛn səˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for overcompensation
Perhaps it was some misguided means of overcompensation, an unconscious need to exert control over our situation.The Extinction Parade: An Original Zombie Story by Max Brooks|Max Brooks|January 14, 2011|DAILY BEAST
You not only have to judge time, but magnitude; overcompensation is ruinous, too.Unwise Child|Gordon Randall Garrett
British Dictionary definitions for overcompensation
/ (ˌəʊvəˌkɒmpɛnˈseɪʃən) /
psychol an attempt to make up for a character trait by overexaggerating its opposite
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Medical definitions for overcompensation
[ ō′vər-kŏm′pən-sā′shən ]
Excessive compensation, especially the exertion of effort beyond what is needed to compensate for a physical or psychological characteristic or defect.
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