Definition of overcorrect in US English:



  • 1with object Optics. To correct (a lens or sight defect) so that there is an aberration opposite to that of the uncorrected lens or defect; specifically to correct for chromatic aberration to such an extent that violet light is focused beyond red light.

  • 2with object To make an excessive correction to; to correct (an error, etc.) in excess of that required, so as to cause error in the opposite direction.

  • 3no object To correct excessively; to make too great a correction for an error, etc., so as to cause error in the opposite direction; to overcompensate.


Early 19th century; earliest use found in Peter Barlow (1776–1862), mathematician and physicist. From over- + correct.