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overstatement

noun [C or U]     /ˈəʊvəˌsteɪtmənt/
a statement that something is larger, more important, or more serious than it really is: An internal inquiry into accounting irregularities revealed a $70m overstatement by a subsidiary company. The mistake resulted in an overstatement of inventory. → Compare understatement
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