Many times, when discussing a complex topic, you are asked to make it simpler so a lay person can understand it and relate to it. However, not everything can be made simple; yet, there is a push to make things simpler (e.g. when you are pitching, talking to a reporter, etc.).

How can I express this push for simplicity, which I don't necessarily agree with?

  • Can you provide more context? It is not clear what you are asking for. Jun 15 '18 at 10:01
  • The "KISS principle": Keep it simple, son.
    – user662852
    Jun 15 '18 at 19:41
  • What about trivialize? Google explains it as making (something) seem less important, significant, or complex than it really is. "the problem was either trivialized or ignored by teachers"
    – Ram Pillai
    Jan 1 '20 at 4:08

Dumbing Down


Verb[edit] dumb down (third-person singular simple present dumbs down, present participle dumbing down, simple past and past participle dumbed down) (idiomatic, transitive) To convey some subject matter in simple terms, avoiding technical or academic language, especially in a way that is considered condescending.

The public won't understand this concept. We need to dumb down our explanation of it.
(idiomatic, intransitive) To become simpler in expression or content; to become unacceptably simplistic. Television has really dumbed down over the past ten years.
Synonyms:- (convey subject matter in simple terms): oversimplify, downplay, simplify, trivialise, vulgarise / vulgarize

  • Op asking for name of phenomena, need or demand to simply.
    – lbf
    Jun 15 '18 at 12:11

Using plain language:

The purpose of a plain-language approach in written communication is to convey information easily and unambiguously. It should not be confused with an oversimplified, condescending style. Rather, by choosing straightforward vocabulary and sentence structures and by organizing and presenting your material clearly and logically, you can save the reader time and effort and ensure that your message will be clearly understood.

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