is first recorded in its modern meaning as recently as the late 19c. It differs from simple in implying a simplicity that is excessive or misleading rather than direct and useful:

• She's quite right…It is simplistic to speak of malice —Tom Stoppard, 1976.

To preserve this useful distinction, care should be taken not to use simplistic when the sense is positive rather than judgemental and therefore simple itself is adequate. ☒ We have got to take things back down to a more simplistic [read: simple or basic]

• level. Pensions…are essentially a life decision. Everything we do makes it more complicated —Birmingham Post, 2007.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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