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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
I was attracted to Moonlighting because the invoicing was simplistic.
However, her banter — not unlike her lyrics — was rife with painfully cliché, simplistic positivity on par with Barney the dinosaur (notwithstanding the occasional f-bomb).
What Williams has come up with proves a comfortable (if somewhat simplistic) fit with Jackson’s songs.
The default rationale is that there are far fewer players in the NBA, but that is overly simplistic.
Its pounding piano hook is cinematic, but not in a cheesy way, and the chorus is simplistic enough to hook you on first listen.
Metallic Cakes Most metallic cakes look rich and simplistic, with one metallic shade dusted or painted on top of a white layer of fondant.
Conservatives often promote a somewhat simplistic version of this argument: Medicare pays too little, so hospitals have to charge insurers more to make up the lost reimbursements.
Solange incorporated simplistic dance moves into the performance of her melodies, tapping her chest and sides creating her own personal beat.
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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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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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