- 1The amount by which destruction or the capacity for destruction exceeds what is necessary: the existing nuclear overkillMore example sentences
- Despite his sense of legality, he could resort to dramatic displays of armed might and air power to quell internal opposition with literal overkill.
- The main consideration was to avoid weapon overkill.
- 1.1Excessive use, treatment, or action; too much of something: animators now face a dilemma of technology overkillMore example sentences
- Nevertheless, one can't help but think the hordes of Canadian Mounted Police and other law enforcement personnel amounts to overkill.
- While it may seem like overkill, the military was finally satisfied.
- Yet now that the government seems to be throwing its weight behind the issue, some critics call it overkill.