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oversimplification

Definitions

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  • n. An explanation that excludes important information for the sake of brevity, or of making the explanation or presentation easy to understand.
  • n. The process of making such an explanation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a simplification that goes too far (to the point of misrepresentation)
  • n. an act of excessive simplification; the act of making something seem simpler than it really is

Etymologies

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over- +‎ simplification

Examples

  • A gross oversimplification is to consider the Web as the train and the Internet the railway system.

    Hear no evil, see no evil, talking bollocks

  • "This oversimplification is inaccurate by half, and its frequent repetition does a great disservice to the city."

    Archive 2007-04-01

  • The answer can be oversimplified, and an oversimplification is false and misleading.

    What Has Happened to The American Dream?

  • What Quindlen refers to as the oversimplification of complex issues, and the "either-or" attitude of Nader and idealistic young people, gave us a Civil Rights Act. Delana S. Heidrich Bonanza, Ore.

    Mail Call

  • It seemed an oversimplification, which is the same thing you complained about when Nick said editors get you into bookstores.

    Editors behaving badly

  • The International Monetary Fund's managing director, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, called the deficit target an "oversimplification" of the problem; he said it was more important for individual countries to craft the right economic policies to sustain growth, not blindly cut for the sake of meeting a goal.

    President Obama urges G-20 nations to spend; they pledge to halve deficits

  • This kind of oversimplification is at the heart of AGW.

    Unthreaded #16 « Climate Audit

  • The International Monetary Fund's managing director, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, called the deficit target an "oversimplification" of the problem.

    Denver Post: News: Breaking: Local

  • In Australia this week, Symantec government relations director, Illias Chantzos echoed his concerns at the potential for "oversimplification" of the challenges of matching an IP address with a specific person.

    CRN Australia - News -

  • Not all tons of greenhouse gas emissions are the same, so they require regulation tailored to different industries rather than a market "oversimplification", he explained.

    EUobserver.com - Headline News

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