Definitions for overcompensationˈoʊ vərˌkɒm pənˈseɪ ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

o•ver•com•pen•sa•tionˈoʊ vərˌkɒm pənˈseɪ ʃən(n.)

  1. compensation to an unnecessary or unreasonable degree.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Psychiatry

  2. Psychoanal. a pronounced striving to overcome a trait perceived as unacceptable by substituting an opposite trait.

    Category: Psychiatry

Origin of overcompensation:

1915–20; as psychoanalytic term, trans. of G Überkompensation, coined by Alfred Adler

Princeton's WordNet

  1. overcompensation(noun)

    (psychiatry) an attempt to overcome a real or imagined defect or unwanted trait by overly exaggerating its opposite

  2. overcompensation(noun)

    excessive compensation


  1. overcompensation(Noun)

    An excess amount provided in one area in an effort to overcome a perceived lack in another area.

  2. overcompensation(Noun)

    Excessive pay or reward provided for work performed.


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