over·​sim·​ple ˌō-vər-ˈsim-pəl How to pronounce oversimple (audio)
: too simple : not thoroughgoing or exhaustive
oversimple theories
oversimply adverb

Examples of oversimple in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This oversimple model grants primacy based on authorship and chronology. Kevin Dettmar, The Atlantic, 1 July 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of oversimple was in 1611

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“Oversimple.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oversimple. Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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