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oversimplify

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verb over·sim·pli·fy \-ˈsim-plə-ˌfī\

Simple Definition of oversimplify

  • : to describe (something) in a way that does not include all the facts and details and that causes misunderstanding

Full Definition of oversimplify

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to simplify to such an extent as to bring about distortion, misunderstanding, or error

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to engage in undue or extreme simplification

over·sim·pli·fi·ca·tion play \-ˌsim-plə-fə-ˈkā-shən\ noun

Examples of oversimplify

  1. The article oversimplifies the problem.

  2. She tends to oversimplify things.

  3. We must resist the temptation to oversimplify.



1923

First Known Use of oversimplify

1923


OVERSIMPLIFY Defined for Kids

oversimplify

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verb over·sim·pli·fy \ˌō-vər-ˈsim-plə-ˌfī\

Definition of oversimplify

over·sim·pli·fiedover·sim·pli·fy·ing

  1. :  to cause (something) to seem simpler than it is <He oversimplified a complicated problem.>




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