overstated overstated  /ˈoʊ vər ˌsteɪ tɪd/


  • (adj) represented as greater than is true or reasonable



  1. Reports of suicides have been grossly overstated.
  2. For much of early 2007, Hillary Clinton's weaknesses as a candidate were overstated by the media.
  3. The geopolitical importance of this Sri Lankan-born, London-raised rapper has been heavily overstated by people who would rather she were a symbol than a star.


  1. Is The Social Security Trust Fund Solvent?

    According to a report published by the Social Security Administration 62.5 million individuals received a benefit from Social Security in May 2013. Benefits from this 78 year old program, established in 1935, are received by nearly 20% of the population. In fact, nine out of ten individuals age 65 and older receive Social Security benefits. Hence, it's importance cannot be overstated.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Forbes

  2. Chris Perez, the Cleveland Indians' closer, is hurt, but the role is overrated, no matter who fills it: Bill Livingston

    Almost always trailing, the Indians haven't been able to go to their closer during their tailspin. The incumbent, Chris Perez, is hurt. Whoever fills the role, however, its importance is overstated.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer

  3. China Lending Data May Be Overstated, Credit Suisse Says

    China’s record funding expansion this year may be overstated in part because of double-counting, say Credit Suisse Group AG and Bank of America Corp. analysts trying to reconcile the data with weaker economic growth.
    on June 7, 2013     Source: Bloomberg


  1. "Ted Kennedy was an iconic, larger than life United States senator whose influence cannot be overstated. Many have come before, and many will come after, but Ted Kennedy's name will always be remembered as someone who lived and breathed the United...
    on Aug 26, 2009 By: Orrin Hatch Source: Irish Times

  2. "The separation between the various parties involved has been vastly overstated," Mr Obama said.
    on Apr 1, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: The Australian

  3. "The importance of this vote cannot be overstated. This is the beginning of the end of a shameful ban on open service by lesbian and gay troops that has weakened our national security," said Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign.
    on May 27, 2010 By: Joe Solmonese Source: The Guardian

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