oversimplify

[ oh-ver-sim-pluh-fahy ]
/ ˌoʊ vərˈsɪm pləˌfaɪ /
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verb (used with or without object), o·ver·sim·pli·fied, o·ver·sim·pli·fy·ing.

to simplify to the point of error, distortion, or misrepresentation.

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Origin of oversimplify

First recorded in 1920–25; over- + simplify

OTHER WORDS FROM oversimplify

o·ver·sim·pli·fi·ca·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for oversimplify

oversimplify
/ (ˌəʊvəˈsɪmplɪˌfaɪ) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied

to simplify (something) to the point of distortion or error

Derived forms of oversimplify

oversimplification, noun
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