to simplify to the point of error, distortion, or misrepresentation.
- o·ver·sim·pli·fi·ca·tion, noun
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How to use oversimplify in a sentence
While this little fable may oversimplify the history of work in America over the past century, it’s not that far off.
Here are a few oversimplified pieces for the sake of brevity.
To call it a story about Korean immigrants and the American Dream is to somehow both oversimplify and overspecify its magic.The Oscars always get it wrong. Here are the real best pictures of the past 45 years. | Dan Zak, Amy Argetsinger | April 23, 2021 | Washington Post
Strohminger finds their story intuitive, although perhaps oversimplified.
Certain conditions predictably lead to high conflict—including oversimplified, binary choices and buried grievances that go unaddressed.We Need More 'Good Conflict' in Our Lives. Here's How It Works | Amanda Ripley | April 17, 2021 | Time
Today, to oversimplify somewhat, the white working class resembles the inner city blacks of 1965.The Real Enemy of Marital Bliss Are Those Most Opposed to Marriage Equality | Jay Michaelson | October 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Traders, like the rest of us, have bodies, and to ignore them is to greatly oversimplify how the financial markets work.New Book Argues Body Processes and the Brain Together Drive Wall Street Risk Taking | Jesse Singal | June 11, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Almost by definition, absolutists oversimplify, turning everything into a fight between angels and devils.The Case for Crazy: What the GOP Would Learn by Picking Rick Santorum | John Avlon | March 16, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
The author of this book recently told the BBC, “Fiction re-complicates what politicians wish to oversimplify.”
It is folly to attempt to oversimplify that which is of its nature complex.The Armed Forces Officer | U. S. Department of Defense
British Dictionary definitions for oversimplify
to simplify (something) to the point of distortion or error
- oversimplification, noun
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