Over-inclusive Law and Legal Definition
Over-inclusive is a term used when subjecting a law to constitutional scrutiny. When examining how the law affects equal protection guarantees, so that people similarly situated will be treated equally under the law, a court will examine the degree of correspondence between the social goal and the classification used to determine what is permissible under what circumstances. The term over-inclusive means that the law includes persons who are not appropriate for the designated group. This is opposed to being under-inclusive, where a law leaves out persons appropriate to belong in the designated group.