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Examples of simplistic in a Sentence
a simplistic approach to a complicated problem
His interpretation of the theory was too simplistic.
Recent Examples of simplistic from the Web
In the next month—mostly on November 30—about 100,000 people around the world would play the simplistic, keyboard-mashing game in response to a publicity campaign run by physicists.
This plan may sound simplistic, almost like a joke.
The offense isn’t very good — at least compared to other playoff teams — and the defense, while stacked with talent, employs a simplistic scheme that the best coaches and quarterbacks will be able to beat in January. 7.
Like many Americans, the country crooner conflates his crude, simplistic rhetorical style with sincerity.
Monica Foster, the chief federal public defender in the Southern District of Indiana, characterized the policies as a simplistic response to a complex problem looming over Indianapolis.
While his castmate Antoni Porowski, the show’s food guru, has been playfully criticized for his simplistic recipes, Van Ness really does give great grooming advice.
The conservative case against Francis may be overly simplistic.
Even the non-violent tactics of Mohandas Gandhi temporarily struck him as simplistic when white terrorists threatened his life.
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Did You Know?
The facts of nature and of life are more apt to be complex than simple. Simplistic theories are generally one-sided and partial, wrote the American clergyman James Freeman Clarke in the 19th century, nicely illustrating the difference between plain, ordinary simple and the then-new adjective simplistic. Simplistic is generally synonymous with oversimplified, but we didn't have the verb oversimplify and its participle oversimplified until well into the 20th century. Simplistic is sometimes used in the neutral sense of "not complicated" (in which case it is synonymous with simple) but this borders on misuse-simplistic is generally understood to be pejorative.
SIMPLISTIC Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of simplistic for English Language Learners
: too simple : not complete or thorough enough : not treating or considering all possibilities or parts
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