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  • v. To give too many constraints, so that no solution is available.
  • v. To determine in such a way that any of the determinant's components would be sufficient on its own to produce the consequence.


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

over- +‎ determine.


  • As long as your response doesn't blow off all of the suggested revisions and you explain how/why you have decided to keep certain things as is (like use of the word overdetermine) without being defensive about it, you're fine.

    Wired Campus

  • And I think we can kind of overdetermine this at a national level in that district, while federally, yes, it's a red district.

    CNN Transcript May 18, 2008

  • Is "overdetermine" really jargon? it's exactly what I mean, and it's part of an important point.

    Wired Campus

  • The fact that you did make some of the changes because they were good suggestions, as you wrote in your post, demonstrates that you're not inflexible (which is a very good trait!), and it will make your claim that you couldn't change "overdetermine" more convincing.

    Wired Campus

  • Over the years, and largely as a result of incorporating many radical feminist ideas into their own theory and practice, Marxist/Socialist feminists have increasingly produced works like Juliet Mitchell's Women's Estate in which she argues that four socio-economic structures overdetermine women's status; specifically, women's role in production, reproduction, sexuality, and the socialization of children.

    Feminist Ethics

  • If every disposition must have a causal base, and if every disposition is distinct from its base, and if distinct causes cannot overdetermine their effects, then perhaps an independently plausible account of causal relevance would predict that dispositions are causally inefficacious with respect to their manifestations.


  • It's important to note that a potential reason will not pseudo-overdetermine a belief simply because there is some possible world in which the actual reason does not cause the belief yet the potential reason does.

    The Epistemic Basing Relation

  • In this case, the two reasons would be said to overdetermine the belief.

    The Epistemic Basing Relation

  • If such additional inferences could be ruled out as being unwarranted changes in the student's epistemic situation, then the student's belief about the period would not pseudo-overdetermine her belief about the length of the pendulum.

    The Epistemic Basing Relation

  • The director and the president are going to have a chat with him in the morning, but it never hurts to overdetermine your outcome.

    The Third Option


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