Simply saying "let's give food to all the hungry," is an example of a simplistic solution because solving world hungry isn't simply as easy as handing out food to everyone.
- Characterized by oversimplification, as in ignoring complexities or complications: simplistic solutions that would not solve the budget crisis.
- Usage Problem Simple.
Usage Note: The usual meaning of simplistic is “characterized by oversimplification.” It is occasionally used to mean “simple,” with no negative overtones, but this usage, as in The song is short and sweet, with admirably simplistic lyrics that carry such depth in so few words, was rejected by 84 percent of the Usage Panel in 2011.
(comparative more simplistic, superlative most simplistic)