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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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RELATED WORDS

distortion, litotes, restraint, underestimate

Nearby words

overshot, overshot wheel, overside, oversight, oversimplification, oversimplify, oversize, oversized, overskirt, overslaugh, oversleep

Origin of oversimplify

First recorded in 1920–25; over- + simplify
Related formso·ver·sim·pli·fi·ca·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for oversimplification

oversimplify

/ (ˌəʊvəˈsɪmplɪˌfaɪ) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied

to simplify (something) to the point of distortion or error
Derived Formsoversimplification, noun
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