Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to simples or a simplist.
- Endeavoring to explain everything, or too much, upon a single principle. The facts of nature and of life are more apt to be complex than simple.
- adj. Overly simple.
- adj. In a manner that simplifies a concept or issue so that its nuance and complexity are lost or important details are overlooked.
- adj. obsolete Of or relating to simples, or medicinal herbs.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. rare Of or pertaining to simples, or a simplist.
- adj. characterized by extreme and often misleading simplicity
“The CPMA put forward a motion rejecting the replacement of existing councillors by what it called a simplistic system whereby half the councillors were appointed by the civics and other half by non-statutary organisations.”
“Does any one know if there are any Arab techno thriller writers out there, writing books where we are, in simplistic terms, the bad guys?”
“Right wingers are all great on saying no to things, or mocking them in simplistic ways.”
“I have a soft spot for artwork that either is or looks like watercolor, even in simplistic form.”
“And please spare me the condescending canard about "culture war mode" and seeing things in simplistic "left/right" mode.”
“It doesn't bode well that so many people are still mired in simplistic views.”
“Wilson you know absolutely nothing about the environmental movement, so instead you peddle in simplistic lies, instead of educating yourself and debating them on any sort of intellectual level.”
“For those, like Ryan, who atttempt to deligitimize the “pro-torture” (and to even say that is silly, no one relishes torture) in simplistic and casual ways is blithely ignorant … moral clarity aside, ones personal decisions take on much more significance when those decisions effect millions of others in, possibly, profound ways.”
“Mr. Bruni is right that secular modes of thought and life, not just religious ones, are often characterized by simplistic, doctrinaire and magical thinking.”
“Well yeah Leefeller, it could be simple survival, at least if you prefer that one-term simplistic answer to the question rather than my one word answer.”
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