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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
Cougars hitting coach Rick Short said Sanchez has a simplistic approach at the plate.
Otherwise, the plot is strangely simplistic, the special effects murky and chaotic.
Instead, the administration has entered into a high-stakes gambit with neither a strategy nor an off-ramp in sight for either nation, which has turned the standoff into a microcosm of the administration’s blunt, simplistic approach to policy.
Staged on a simplistic set designed by stage manager Kelli Jones and others, the story begins during winter at an audition, as artistic director Gordon Page (played by Rob Allen) stumbles in the dark trying to turn on the power.
Eat At the moment, Single Thread is the crown jewel of the culinary scene in Healdsburg, a bed and breakfast with a Rykoan twist, incorporating traditional fare with seasonal California produce and a luxurious yet simplistic design.
There’s a big difference between simplistic and simplicity.
Along with the simplistic phrases, the imagery is also concise — only one or two figures dominate the frames.
The simplistic, nonmedical explanation of the Reticular Activating System (RAS) is a bundle of nerves at our brain stem that filters out unnecessary information so the important stuff gets through.
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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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