- the capacity of a nation's nuclear weapon stockpile to kill many times the total population of any given nation
- much more of something than is necessary, appropriate, etc.; esp., an excess of effort in attempting to achieve some end
See overkill in American Heritage Dictionary 4
transitive verb (ōˌvər-kĭlˈ) o·ver·killed
- Destructive nuclear capacity exceeding the amount needed to destroy an enemy.
- Excessive killing.
- An excess of what is necessary or appropriate for a particular end: “government overkill in dealing with dissent” (Jesse Unruh).
To destroy (an enemy or enemy target) with more nuclear force than necessary.
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