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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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Examples from the web for oversimplify
  • 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 it.
  • All economic models oversimplify reality and are subject to various biases.
  • The problem is that food chains grossly oversimplify predator-prey relationships.
  • Laboratory investigations often oversimplify or ignore many complexities common in the field.
British Dictionary definitions for oversimplify


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 oversimplify

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

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