- to simplify to the point of error, distortion, or misrepresentation.
Origin of oversimplify
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Examples from the Web for oversimplification
This was a gross oversimplification of a more complex reality.Why Aren’t Sanctions Stopping Putin?
Meghan L. O’Sullivan
May 13, 2014
This is a mind-bending level of conflation and oversimplification.What the Heck Is Romney Saying About the Economy?
August 14, 2012
His oversimplification of the conflict demands that he delegitimize the views of those who dissent from his simplistic narrative.Christian Zionism: An Extended Reality Check
July 18, 2012
These days, unfortunately, this oversimplification is all that seems to make it into the newspapers or on the airwaves.Syria’s Propaganda Cloud: How the West Is Falling for Misinformation
Riad al Khouri
June 22, 2012
It is an oversimplification, however, to say Bennington has no requirements.Bogus College Stereotypes
July 19, 2009
This assumption was an oversimplification; all adult males did not reach breeding condition at the same time of year.
- to simplify (something) to the point of distortion or error
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Word Origin and History for oversimplification
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