verb (used with object), verb (used without object), oversimplified, oversimplifying.
to simplify to the point of error, distortion, or misrepresentation.

1920–25; over- + simplify

oversimplification, noun
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oversimplify (ˌəʊvəˈsɪmplɪˌfaɪ)
vb , -fies, -fying, -fied
to simplify (something) to the point of distortion or error

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Example sentences
Price says that critics oversimplify when they discern the influence of eminent
  writers on contemporary works.
We tried to view complexity as complexity, as opposed to trying to oversimplify
All economic models oversimplify reality and are subject to various biases.
The problem is that food chains grossly oversimplify predator-prey
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