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|German to English translations [PRO]|
|German term or phrase: unterfordern|
|Die Handhabung der gesamten Anlage darf den Bediener geistig nicht ueber- bzw. underfordern. Stress is zu vermeiden.|
I know what it being said. They basically don't want the operator to be mentally fatigued or get bored from lack of stimulation (unterfordern). I'm looking for an antonymous word/phrase that will complement 'overstrain/overtax'.
|... demand too much or too little of the operator ...|
overpower – overwhelm – overtax – ask too much of – overstrain – demand too much of – overburden – overload – challenge beyond capacity
demand too little of – bore / lull into carelessness – underwhelm – put to sleep – fail to challenge – to be boringly uninteresting -
Notes to the above terms:
Both overwhelm and underwhelm are listed in NODE – The New Oxford Dictionary of English, but the meanings of both have more to do with making an impression on or impressing then being challenging.
Overtax is quite good but the use of undertax is quite rare in the sense you need. Undertax is not in my NODE. A general Google search shows ONLY the sense of legislating low taxes for certain taxpayer groups except for this one, less than helpful, hit:
"... activities of the system. Do not overtax the body with foods, and do not undertax same. Eat sufficient to keep the stomach active upon foods, rather than upon ..."
I might write "… demand too much or too little of the operator …"
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|Thanks everybody for your suggestions! I ultimately used Dan's reply since it flows well with my context.|
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How about ...
... "operating the equipment must not pose too much of an intellectual challenge, nor too little ..."