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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
There’s a message for Brussels in this election outcome, but not a simplistic anti-EU one.
Sessions' speech in Sacramento last week was a tidal wave of untruths, exaggerations and simplistic generalizations of complex issues that mark the immigration debate in America.
The movie left me frustrated with law enforcement, for sure, but also with the filmmakers who paint a pretty simplistic portrait of King in what is obviously a much more complicated narrative.
There are heart-rending stories that prevent the simplistic application of this approach.
Week after week its watchers view the same clichéd situations, the same reactions, human behavior reduced to its ugliest, most simplistic level, which millions of people somehow manage to find entertaining.
Sean McVay should be able to take advantage of a simplistic Falcons defense and Atlanta should have no problem running the ball against this Rams defense.
The locations are attractive, the performances are natural, and the details about local folkways are interesting, but the plot is a bit dull in spots, if only because the moral divisions are fairly simplistic.
Paddington 2 leans a little heavily on its simplistic message: There's good in everyone.
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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.
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