- characterized by extreme simplism; oversimplified: a simplistic notion of good and bad.
Origin of simplistic
Simple —unlike simplistic —is a term that can describe not only issues, statements, and arguments, but all manner of things observable by our senses. It can describe art, music, food, clothing—just about anything. And it is a neutral term. That is, if something is said to be simple, that can be considered either a good thing or a bad thing depending upon one’s taste. But the word is very often used positively—as encapsulated in the well-worn creative principle “Less is more”—to describe language that is straightforward and easy to understand, clothing that is not overly elaborate or excessively decorated, or architecture with clean lines. And something simple can be elegant too. To describe such things as simplistic would be an insult to their creators. And it would be ironic to use what one thinks of as a more exotic, ornamental, impressive term to describe something clear or plain and unadorned—something that is, in fact, simple.
Examples from the Web for simplistic
We cannot keep judging mothers by a primitive, antiquated, simplistic standard.Postpartum Stigma: Why My Patient Committed Suicide
August 5, 2014
In the most simplistic notion, each book would be one season of television.Vampires without Glitter or Girl Problems: Inside Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Strain’
July 14, 2014
Others who served in Iraq at the time however said this was far too simplistic.Why the White House Ignored All Those Warnings About ISIS
July 6, 2014
Sir Nicholas Henderson, who was in the job when Reagan was elected, described him as a dogmatic and simplistic man.British Officials Portrayed Reagan as a “Bozo”
Nico Hines, Ben Jacobs
April 30, 2014
However, an insidious form of segregation, happening within the educational system, belies this simplistic view.Roma Children Face Segregation In EU Schools
March 8, 2014
We cannot resort to simplistic or extreme solutions which substitute myths for common sense.
I urge Congress to continue on this steady path and resist the simplistic solutions that have been proposed as alternatives.
The Discourse typifies Sheridan's simplistic interpretation and the evangelistic ardor with which he addressed his audiences.
No, not along this line of one-dimensional, linear, simplistic form of determinism.The Civilization of Illiteracy
- characterized by extreme simplicity; naive
- oversimplifying complex problems; making unrealistically simple judgments or analyses
Word Origin and History for simplistic
"simple, plain, not compound," 1844, from simple (adj.) + -istic. From 1867 as "over-simple, trying to explain too much by a single principle." Also (1860) "of or pertaining to simples" (herbs used in healing, medicine of one ingredient only; the notion being that each herb possesses a particular virtue, thus a "simple" remedy), from simplist "one who studies simples" (1590s; see simple (adj.)) + -ic.