Oversimplification is when you reduce a complex situation to a few simple words or concepts. This can make it easier to understand, but it can also lead to mistakes.

  • The article oversimplifies the issue by saying that all immigrants are bad.

  • The teacher oversimplifies the concept of fractions by teaching them as whole numbers.

Definition of oversimplification


a simplification that goes too far (to the point of misrepresentation)




an act of excessive simplification; the act of making something seem simpler than it really is



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Example Sentences for oversimplification

  • 1

    At the minimum it is an oversimplification.

  • 2

    Oversimplifications are unavoidable.

  • 3

    That would be an oversimplification.

  • 4

    Of course this is an oversimplification.

  • 5

    But it is a vast oversimplification.

  • 6

    But this really is an oversimplification.

  • 7

    An oversimplification, and thus useless.

  • 8

    An oversimplification, in any case.

  • 9

    That is a staggering oversimplification of my argument.

  • 10

    Because textbooks are notorious for oversimplification.