verb over·sim·pli·fy \-ˈsim-plə-ˌfī\

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

Full Definition of OVERSIMPLIFY

transitive verb
:  to simplify to such an extent as to bring about distortion, misunderstanding, or error
intransitive verb
:  to engage in undue or extreme simplification
over·sim·pli·fi·ca·tion \-ˌsim-plə-fə-ˈkā-shən\ noun


  1. The article oversimplifies the problem.
  2. She tends to oversimplify things.
  3. We must resist the temptation to oversimplify.

First Known Use of OVERSIMPLIFY



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