Definition of oversimplify
: to simplify to such an extent as to bring about distortion, misunderstanding, or error
: to engage in undue or extreme simplification
oversimplificationplay \ˌō-vər-ˌsim-plə-fə-ˈkā-shən\ noun
Examples of oversimplify in a Sentence
The article oversimplifies the problem.
She tends to oversimplify things.
We must resist the temptation to oversimplify.
Recent Examples of oversimplify from the Web
But his clichéd life is rendered in clichés; his feral survivalism and his extended solitude are grossly oversimplified and underimagined.
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First Known Use of oversimplify
OVERSIMPLIFY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of oversimplify for English Language Learners
: to describe (something) in a way that does not include all the facts and details and that causes misunderstanding
OVERSIMPLIFY Defined for Kids
Definition of oversimplify for Students
: to cause (something) to seem simpler than it is He oversimplified a complicated problem.
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