[ oh-ver-kuh-rek-shuhn ]

  1. correction beyond what is needed or customary, especially when leading to error; overadjustment: The pilot made an overcorrection for headwinds.

Origin of overcorrection

First recorded in 1880–85; over- + correction

Words Nearby overcorrection

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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