I'm looking for a word that means excessive encouragement.

Example: "We encourage our kids to study - but when does encouragement become excessive encouragement"?

punishment? overzealousness?

  • OCD = obsessive compulsive disorder. Obsessive compulsion. Jun 16, 2014 at 8:14
  • If it's excessive, it's not encouragement. See the dictionary.
    – Kris
    Jun 16, 2014 at 13:58
  • @Kris, exactly. At what point does active encouragement discourage. You can lead the horse to water and give it opportunity and encouragement to drink and so on. But ducking it's head underwater would be excessive, cruel and counterproductive etc. I think counterproductive might be it.
    – xcxc
    Jun 16, 2014 at 19:00

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Maybe, not being sure exactly what you have in mind,

We encourage our kids to study - but when does encouragement become harassment?

or, more non-specifically

We encourage our kids to study - but when does encouragement become counter-productive?

  • I think counterproductive is what I'm looking for. At the point the kids rebel even if they are interested - the encouragement is overcooked!
    – xcxc
    Jun 16, 2014 at 19:06

what about "enforce" and "force" ?

We force our kids to study

Also the word "oblige" can deliver a similar meaning. Another example I've seen a lot is "pressure"

We pressure our kids to study

  • I like pressure.
    – xcxc
    Jun 16, 2014 at 19:02
  • Me too, I use it myself :) Jun 16, 2014 at 19:05

I think that overtask may fit the context described:

(tr) to impose too heavy a task upon


I don't think there's any need for a specific word. Just drop the final "encouragement". If a stronger statement is desired, substitute "overwhelming" for excessive.

  • Good point, but that's not an answer, it's a comment.
    – Kris
    Jun 16, 2014 at 13:57

Some folks badger their kids to study.

to ask or tell someone again and again to do something



1. Strongly encourage or urge (someone) to do something

2. To urge by strong, often stirring argument, admonition, advice, or appeal

There isn't a significant dictionary entry but overencourage is a word also.

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