Definition of overdetermine in English:



[with object]technical
  • Determine, account for, or cause (something) in more than one way or with more conditions than are necessary.

    ‘direct control overdetermines prices’
    • ‘The current condition of the rangelands was overdetermined by a complex web of factors, all in interaction with one another, and in which environmental factors were but one component.’
    • ‘The dominant-submissive interplay which the playwright labours to construct in words is massively overdetermined by the director-editor's unimaginative choice of shots.’
    • ‘Their identities were overdetermined by these interests and concerns, and resistance cannot capture the full range of either their intent or their actions.’
    • ‘It is becoming increasingly clear that this argument, while right overall, significantly overdetermined the role of technology.’
    • ‘But this powerful stage image of breaking glass is overdetermined with other significations as well.’