[oh-ver-pruh-duhk-shuh n]


excessive production; production in excess of need or stipulated amount.

Origin of overproduction

First recorded in 1815–25; over- + production
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Historical Examples of overproduction

  • It was quite obvious that the fall in prices was due to overproduction.

  • In this view it is plainly to be seen that we are not, and cannot be, in any danger from overproduction.

    Industrial Cuba

    Robert P. Porter

  • They were taught that the mischief was the result of overproduction.


    John P. Jones

  • Commercial crises and industrial crises are due to overproduction.

  • I have already answered the objection to Socialism on the ground of overproduction.

British Dictionary definitions for overproduction



the production of more of a product or commodity than is required
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Word Origin and History for overproduction

1822, from over- + production.

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