simplistically

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

simplistic +‎ -ally

Adverb[edit]

simplistically (comparative more simplistically, superlative most simplistically)

  1. In a simplistic way.
    • 1988, Andrew Radford, Transformational Grammar, Cambridge: University Press, ISBN 0-521-34750-5, page 24:
      Natural questions to ask are: 'What counts as data? How do you collect data?' There are two different types of data which linguists typically work with in formulating grammars. The first is a recorded sample of speech or text (such a sample is known technically as a corpus of utterances); we assume (perhaps simplistically) that in general people speak and write well-formed sentences. [...]
    He explained relativity, but very simplistically.
  2. Used to announce or excuse an oversimplified explanation or description. (Compare with in a nutshell.)
    Simplistically, he was fired with pay.