from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective rare Of or pertaining to simples, or a simplist.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Overly simple.
  • adjective In a manner that simplifies a concept or issue so that its nuance and complexity are lost or important details are overlooked.
  • adjective obsolete Of or relating to simples, or medicinal herbs.

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

  • adjective characterized by extreme and often misleading simplicity


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  • I see quite often now people using simplistic, when they mean simple. It looks like the meaning of this word might be shifting to mean what simple means now. Pity to loose the distinction.

    September 18, 2012