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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
At first, there were just 176: simplistic, highly pixelated icons such as a heart, a soccer ball and a rocking horse.
This simplistic reduction of cold war-era society divides people into open-minded dreamers and narrow-minded villains.
As in previous confrontations that Hezbollah and Hamas instigated, simplistic media coverage will mischaracterize every Lebanese civilian casualty as evidence of Israeli war crimes and brutality.
The table below shows the simplistic math behind margin requirements.
Others have used simplistic arson devices, sometimes designed to delay ignition for a few minutes until the suspect has left the area.
U-M’s offensive game plan over the past two weeks had beyond simplistic.
The good news is that its creators have at least partly rectified the The Stick of Truth's simplistic fighting sequences.
Also sticking to a simplistic palette of black and gray were the modern-day model brigade of Jourdan Dunn, Kaia Gerber, and Hailey Baldwin.
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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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