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First attested in 1890; formed as overnumerous +‎ -ness.


  • (UK) enPR: ō'vərnyo͞oʹmərəsnəs, IPA(key): /ˌəʊvəˈnjuːməɹəsnəs/
  • (US) enPR: ō'vərno͞oʹmərəsnəs, IPA(key): /ˌoʊvɚˈnuməɹəsnəs/


overnumerousness (uncountable)

  1. (rare) The quality or condition of being too numerous.
    • 1890, Ellery Sedgwick (editor), Frank Leslie’s Popular Monthly XXIX, page 347
      The city has now only three small newspapers, which are not abreast with its general progress or that of the State, chiefly because they do not receive sufficient patronage, owing to the overnumerousness of the negro population.
    • 2007, Michael C. Finke and Julie W. De Sherbinin (editors), Chekhov the Immigrant, page 46
      His family name is as long as the word overnumerousness and derives from a songless Latin word referring to one of the countless human virtues.
    • 2010 July 2nd, Graham Linehan, The IT Crowd IV:ii: “The Final Countdown”, 20:55–21:06
      Moss as “Word”: What do you call Negative One, sitting alone, in an empty room? [] Overnumerousness!