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To react with unnecessary or inappropriate force, emotional display, or violence.
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'Again, that's an overreaction. What we are trying to prevent here is massive recruitment, the massive radicalization of innocent students [to the communist movement],' he said.
An example by way of explanation: Let's say an avid-reader friend has one overreaction to one generic comment on one book in one situation.
Experienced traders knew this could only lead to one thing - a significant overreaction in investor sentiment.
Human overreaction is not limited to sports and is often a driver of volatility in financial markets.
As noted by Lobe and Rieks, the literature on non-US short-term overreaction is limited compared to that on long-term overreaction.
While I do think the ban is an overreaction, I also believe your group has much to answer for.
OVERREACTION is one of the biggest curses of modern society.
Larkin told the BBC domestic Radio that his exclusion was a "gross overreaction".
Mr Ward, 43, says he has had no apology from police and said the operation, which saw Erdington High Street shut down was an overreaction and left him feeling "humiliated".
The legislation has been condemned by many as an overreaction to a traffic case involving a Muslim woman driver in a "niqab," or a veil that reveals only the eyes.
"OVERREACTION to risk is frequently found in the environmental realm," according to a study by Cass Sunstein and Richard Zeckhauser in the March issue of the journal Environmental and Resource Economics.
The reaction almost always consists of two phases: underreaction and overreaction.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"> </span>That is, the market, analysts, and unprofitable traders first underreact to news events and then overreact to them.