overjustification

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From overjustify +‎ -ification, or from over- +‎ justification.

Noun[edit]

overjustification (countable and uncountable, plural overjustifications)

  1. Excessive justification.
  2. (psychology) Specifically, external incentives for an already-internally-motivated behavior, which risk the loss of the original motivation.