Definition of oversimplify in English:



[with object]often as adjective oversimplified
  • Simplify (something) so much that a distorted impression of it is given.

    ‘an oversimplified view of human personality’
    • ‘Once again, you have drastically oversimplified my previous statements.’
    • ‘But that argument, in my view, oversimplifies the matter.’
    • ‘That's oversimplifying things in order to make good sound bites.’
    • ‘Lack of professional skills often leads to underemployment of advanced military technology and oversimplified use of sophisticated weapons.’
    • ‘We oversimplified his argument in last week's report and incorrectly suggested he wanted the funding for the recreation centre, and apologise.’
    • ‘I think this statement is so oversimplified as to be dangerously misleading.’
    • ‘I have always had problems with these oversimplified concepts, usually driven by certain buzz words.’
    • ‘Best of all, it is not oversimplified or thesis-driven.’
    • ‘You may think that this example is oversimplified.’
    • ‘But arguing about theories of isolationism versus interventionism is to me a bit too reminiscent of Leftist devotion to oversimplified theories.’
    • ‘Even if people get the general impression right, they will often oversimplify the details.’
    • ‘This desire for social engineering shows that the Treasury has a caricatured and oversimplified idea of the world outside, as one would expect from people widely insulated from real life.’
    • ‘If you do not really look at something, it is easy to oversimplify it.’
    • ‘In reality, however, this view of infectious disease is oversimplified.’
    • ‘And it is all too easy in such gatherings to oversimplify issues, to applaud our own outlook, and to dismiss the opinions of others, sometimes with more than a trace of sarcasm.’
    • ‘Second, cultural relativist arguments may oversimplify the complexity and fluidity of culture by treating culture as monolithic and moral norms within a particular culture as readily ascertainable.’
    • ‘Other readers have also suggested that I oversimplified the distinction between theory and fact.’
    • ‘I've oversimplified things above to make the trial a little easier to understand.’
    • ‘It's not a be-all-and-end-all kind of idea, but it's an idea that stops and makes you think in what is often a grossly oversimplified area of debate.’
    • ‘This formulation of the problem is naturally oversimplified, but it allows for general observations.’
    slick, pat, neat, plausible, silky, smooth-talking, fast-talking
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