over·​sim·​plis·​tic ˌō-vər-sim-ˈpli-stik How to pronounce oversimplistic (audio)
: overlooking important details or nuances in favor of simplicity : too simplistic or basic
an oversimplistic view/approach
… it is seriously oversimplistic, and ignores some grim aspects of reality.Col. Trevor N. Dupuy
It's just as easy for a clear answer to be dangerously oversimplistic as it is for a nuanced answer to mislead and obfuscate.Melinda Selmys

Examples of oversimplistic in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1963, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of oversimplistic was in 1963

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“Oversimplistic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oversimplistic. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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