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I am trying to think of a word used to describe someone who is intentionally oversimplifying an argument by making a statement that is technically true, but ignores a lot of issues. Its an adjective similar to describing the person as being intentionally obtuse or too clever for their own good.

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Are you looking for "disingenuous?"

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Thats it, thanks. –  Lawton Aug 31 '13 at 19:47
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Another take on this could be "reductive"?

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Haven't actually heard it used like that before. Similar but doesn't imply that the author is doing it intentionally, which is what I was going for –  Lawton Aug 31 '13 at 22:17
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I might go with "glib" as a synonym for "superficial." However, neither of those are really about being too clever.

When I think of "too clever," I think of "cocky" of "flip."

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