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overprotective Syllabification: o·ver·pro·tec·tive
Pronunciation: /ˌōvərprəˈtektiv/

Definition of overprotective in English:


Having a tendency to protect someone, especially a child, excessively.
Example sentences
  • The first of these heresies was the tendency to be overprotective of people, at the expense of individual liberty.
  • Lee has reasons to be a little neurotic, among them an alcoholic father, an overprotective mother and a shallow newlywed sister.
  • She was a smart girl who grew up with an overprotective father and was quickly isolated from her peers.



Pronunciation: /ˌōvərprəˈtekt/
Example sentences
  • Pink's mother proceeds to overprotect and stifle him as a means of preserving what is left from his father.
  • To overprotect children is almost as bad as not protecting them enough.
  • What do you think - are we overprotecting our children?


Pronunciation: /-ˈtekSHən/
Example sentences
  • Large corporations, mostly family-owned conglomerates, are forced to remain inactive because of the government's overprotection of labor interests to the detriment of the economy.
  • Such restlessness has not just been a by-product of institutional overprotection.
  • ‘We see this overprotection now - kids are feeling stifled,’ she says.


Pronunciation: /ˌōvərprəˈtektivnəs/
Example sentences
  • The impact of stress can result in family dysfunction manifested by excessive worry, denial, and noncompliance, anxiety about parenting and discipline, and overprotectiveness.
  • There was a history of destructive conflict between the school staff and Elaine, whom teachers saw as an uncooperative and hostile parent whose overprotectiveness was handicapping Mary educationally.
  • I think the conditions of the working class just make it harder for the parents to enforce the kind of overprotectiveness we think of as adding to ‘childhood innocence.’

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