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overcorrection

[ oh-ver-kuh-rek-shuhn ]
/ ˌoʊ vər kəˈrɛk ʃən /
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noun
correction beyond what is needed or customary, especially when leading to error; overadjustment: The pilot made an overcorrection for headwinds.
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Origin of overcorrection

First recorded in 1880–85; over- + correction
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How to use overcorrection in a sentence

  • Perhaps the soft-pedaling makes the scams feel less icky for viewers, or maybe it’s an overcorrection of Hollywood historically being too quick to paint real-life women as villains.

    Inventing Anna’s lazy girlboss revenge fantasy|Alex Abad-Santos|February 28, 2022|Vox
  • He nursed the power carefully, determined not to waste juice through overcorrection.

    Spillthrough|Daniel F. Galouye

Medical definitions for overcorrection

overcorrection
[ ō′vər-kə-rĕkshən ]

n.
An adjustment that surpasses a set criterion, especially of a desired behavior.
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