oversimplistic

adjective over·sim·plis·tic \ ˌō-vər-sim-ˈpli-stik \

Definition of oversimplistic

: 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

First Known Use of oversimplistic

1963

in the meaning defined above

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