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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
This shouldn’t be so simplistic, but for the Bengals offense right now, this is the goal.
Pullman is too savvy to indulge in the kind of simplistic polemic that propels the celebrity of New Atheists like Richard Dawkins.
That, in the most simplistic way possible, is Michigan's goal in Week 4.
Dismissing it as a mere colonial hangover is too simplistic.
And a large share of those worried about terrorism persistently claim that the best way of dealing with terrorism is the most simplistic: Stop Muslim immigration.
With all this, the male/female binary suddenly seems simplistic.
But here’s the thing: The over indulgence of Pumpkin is on the verge of destroying the simplistic essence of pumpkin itself.
As the other dancers performed solos — embodying the sound of the piano, the bass and the drums — their musical visualizations, however unrestrained, hit overly simplistic notes.
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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.
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