Definition of overrepresent in English:


transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1Include a disproportionately large number of (a particular category or type of person), as in a statistical study.

    ‘using telephone owners as the sampling list would seriously over-represent the better off’
    • ‘He commented that an effort is made not to over-represent a particular demographic, but that it is true that ‘many notes are from people that are downtrodden or disenfranchised.’’
    • ‘This distribution over-represents pre-registration house officers, who make up 10% of the trainee population.’
    • ‘It over-represents the status quo, the ideological middle, and the wealthy, and leaves everyone else unrepresented.’
    • ‘The LoC exhibit over-represents people; actually the majority of P-G's images feature landscapes, architecture and art treasures.’
    • ‘It over-represents its smaller member states in a way that, say, the United Nations or WTO never could.’
    • ‘Our focus on STI clinic patients likely biased the study results by over-representing men and women who engage in considerable risk behaviors and are at some of the highest risks for HIV infection.’
    • ‘You can have a form of internal deception where the maternal side is over-representing maternal interests which the paternal side is discounting, and vice versa.’
    • ‘Such biostratinomic overprinting is difficult to quantify because the effect of such washing can over-represent the smaller elements in one sample and under-represent them in another.’
    • ‘This opens the door to various forms of strategic behavior, including the attempt by A to over-represent its net marginal benefit and by B to over-represent the marginal damage it incurs.’
    • ‘It is interesting that political sympathies did not lead the editors to over-represent women or minorities among their biographical subjects.’
    • ‘Any superficial inventory of a habitat is likely to over-represent the frequent species.’
    • ‘Most of the participants in over half of the studies in our systematic review were African-American or Hispanic, thus over-representing lower socioeconomic groups.’
    • ‘If anything, both groups tend to over-represent pitching (31 percent of all non-Negro League and non-player selections), while significantly under-representing third basemen (five percent).’
    • ‘The result is to grossly over-represent smaller states, which are entitled to two senators and one representative, for a total of three electoral votes, no matter how small their population.’
    • ‘His work is probably over-represented in the exhibition.’
    • ‘Despite liberal access to subfertility treatment in Belgium, including partial reimbursement, we cannot be sure that women of higher social classes were not over-represented in the subfertility group.’
    • ‘With the results of the 1980 referendum, he maintained that the gender gap in support for sovereignty was a consequence of women being over-represented in certain socio-economic categories.’
    • ‘While some said Aboriginal youth were greatly over-represented considering the percentage of Aboriginal people in the general population, they found it hard to believe their involvement could be anywhere near 90 per cent.’
    • ‘So in this class the Coalition is over-represented by 7.4 per cent.’
    • ‘In a large meta-analysis involving 150 studies and 100,000 participants, in 14 out of 16 categories of risk-taking, men were over-represented.’
    1. 1.1be overrepresentedForm a disproportionately large percentage.
      ‘they are relatively overrepresented in semiskilled occupations’
      • ‘Managerial and middle-class occupations are over-represented in its ranks, while the working class is proportionately under-represented.’
      • ‘Table 6 tells us that, based upon this sample of occupations, immigrants make up a small share of employment in occupations that are growing rapidly and are over-represented in occupations that are labor intensive.’
      • ‘However, although more women are undertaking non-traditional degrees, they continue to be under-represented in the degrees expected to lead to higher paying occupations, and over-represented in those expected to be lower paying.’
      • ‘And Hispanics are a little over-represented, 11 percent of the deaths versus 9 percent of the total face.’
      • ‘In proportion to its numbers in society, the white-collar category was over-represented in the party; it was about 30 per cent of the total in 1917, 70 per cent in 1941.’
      • ‘The working class is under-represented in the membership, and the professional middle class is over-represented.’
      • ‘Men are slightly over-represented in this cluster.’
      • ‘The steelworkers and construction trades, for example, were notoriously exclusionary, while the Longshoremen had a tradition of integrated shop floors, as blacks tended to be over-represented among the riverine trades.’
      • ‘However, as with health statistics in other countries, lower socioeconomic and minority groups are over-represented in depression-related admissions to inpatient mental health settings, and suicide rates in New Zealand.’
      • ‘Women are over-represented in flexible forms of employment in both advanced industrial societies and the developing world.’
      • ‘Those aged under 35 were also over-represented in not considering the decision important, which should be of some concern to policymakers who are trying to stress the importance of starting retirement saving early in life.’
      • ‘A positive effect indicates that bridegrooms from that denomination are over-represented within a social class, whereas a negative effect indicates an under-representation.’
      • ‘Adults who are severely mentally ill are over-represented in U.S. jails and prisons, leading to an interface between the mental health and criminal justice systems.’
      • ‘Nulliparous women were statistically over-represented in those delivering at 41 and 42 weeks.’
      • ‘African-American women who are addicted to illicit substances are disproportionately over-represented in jails, prisons, and treatment programs.’
      • ‘Maori make up just under 15% of the New Zealand population but are heavily over-represented in convictions statistics.’
      • ‘Finally, the data suggest that, compared to other Australian bus categories, shuttle or mini-buses were over-represented in fatal collisions and those resulting in injuries.’
      • ‘And in these economic categories, women and people of colour are vastly over-represented.’
      • ‘African Americans were over-represented in the asthmatic group 13.5%, while comprising only 9.8% of non asthmatics.’
      • ‘Chinese are over-represented in professional, technical, administrative, and managerial jobs, whereas Malays are the most underrepresented in highly skilled jobs, with Indians in the middle.’



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