Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The tendency to oversimplify an issue or a problem by ignoring complexities or complications.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The trait of oversimplifying things by ignoring complexity and complications.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The advocacy or cultivation of simplieity; hence, an affected or labored simplicity.

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

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

Etymologies

French simplisme, from simple, simple, from Old French; see simple.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
simple +‎ -ism. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • By non-fundamentalist, I mean he opposes "simplism" or simple minded thinking.

    Archive 2008-05-01

  • The economic situation is very much like that, and the ranting you hear about how it's going has major components grounded in simplism.

    Talking Our Way Out of the Great Recession

  • Perhaps its because rather than insight and thoughtfulness, Greenwald and his black-and-white philosophical simplism comforts those who are too lazy or too insecure to do the heavy-lifting it would require to wrap their minds around complex issues, most of which resist being corraled into highly partisan explanations.

    The "Stupid" Dialogue.

  • Despite his descent into simplism and banality in his later work, this poem shows the brilliant talent he possessed as a young poet.

    Archive 2006-10-01

  • Union would be historical simplism, because no man by himself could have created certain conditions.

    Castro Interviewed on Soviet Collapse, Stalin

  • Blaming him for everything that happened would be historical simplism.

    Castro Interviewed on Soviet Collapse, Stalin

  • Your analysis falls into the typical simplism of those who dont understand the complexity of our HCS and tends to be trivialize it in a simple argument of Amricans being backward and caring more for their money than their country's health and so on.

    The Guardian World News

  • A good teacher is a master of simplification and an enemy of simplism.

    DB's Medical Rants

  • The issue of Clark’s supposed flip-flop on the war is as Josh Marshall says part of the media’s apparent embrace of “simplism as the new integrity.”

    Hullabaloo

  • "But we are threatened today by a new simplism which consists in reducing everything to the war on terrorism.

    ImpeachBush

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