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[oh-ver-sim-pluh-fahy] /ˌoʊ vərˈsɪm pləˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), oversimplified, oversimplifying.
to simplify to the point of error, distortion, or misrepresentation.
Origin of oversimplify
1920-25; over- + simplify
Related forms
oversimplification, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for oversimplification


verb -fies, -fying, -fied
to simplify (something) to the point of distortion or error
Derived Forms
oversimplification, 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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