from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An exaggeration; a statement in excess of what is reasonable.
- n. The tendency to overstate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An exaggerated statement or account.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An exaggerated statement; an overcharged account or recital.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. making to seem more important than it really is
That overstatement is being cultivated to get more control of environmental and social issues.
Also good is the news that the SEC won’t be enforcing any action for the pesky circulation overstatement from a while back.
A good example of the overstatement is the PNHP study released yesterday which is rightly being carved up in among other places, Megan McCardle's blog.
Hitt apologized to Haley at the meeting, saying the overstatement was his agency's fault.
Beside the fact that Corrigan, Paul Volcker's sidekick at the Federal Reserve and former New York Fed chairman who is co-chairman of Goldman's business standards committee, which wrote the report, is talking up his own book here, notice the haziness of that "overstatement," which can mean almost anything.
And in that, Mike has put together a number of essays written since the 1970s and I found it quite an education and quite a sobering thing to read those again and to see how at a particular moment in the heat of a particular argument you're inexorably pulled towards that kind of overstatement and then you have to wait until the pressure comes to the other kind of overstatement.
You, of course, are free to define "overstatement" any way you wish.
Reports that Ministers at Wednesday's Cabinet meeting - where next week's special meeting had been decided on - had almost indulged in fisticuffs were an "overstatement" and had created the wrong impression.
But some portion of the opposition also arises from this kind of overstatement, which in turn generates mistrust or at least concern among educated members of the public.
While that kind of overstatement was (and still is) often used in movie trailers, in the case of