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

[French simplisme, from simple, simple, from Old French; see simple.]
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(ˈsɪm plɪz əm)

an act or instance of oversimplification, esp. in the analysis of a problem.
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the tendency to concentrate on a single part of an argument and to ignore or exclude all complicating factors. — simplistic, adj.
See also: Argumentation
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.simplism - a simplification that goes too far (to the point of misrepresentation)
simplification - an explanation that omits superfluous details and reduces complexity
2.simplism - an act of excessive simplification; the act of making something seem simpler than it really is
simplification - elimination of superfluous details
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While recognizing the need for considerable changes in development policies and going along with the fundamental transformation that had taken place in the international environment with the onset of globalization, from as early as the late 1980s many experienced observers began criticizing the extreme simplism and ideologism of neo-liberal policies, and foreseeing their probable negative consequences (Griffith-Jones and Sunkel 1986; Bitar 1988; French-Davis 1988; Rosales 1988; Sunkel and Zuleta 1990; ECLAC 1990; Lustig 1991; Sunkel 1991, 1993).
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