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.

Origin of oversimplify

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

distortion, litotes, restraint, underestimate

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verb -fies, -fying or -fied

to simplify (something) to the point of distortion or error
Derived Formsoversimplification, noun
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Word Origin and History for oversimplification

also over-simpification, 1835, from over- + simplification.



1908, from over- + simplify. Related: Oversimplified; oversimplifying.

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