schematic

Use the adjective schematic to describe a drawing that's very simple and symbolic. That drawing your cousin made of a house with a pointy roof, smiling stick figures, and a round yellow sun? Very schematic.

The word schematic can apply to ideas as well as drawings. In this case, schematic describes an overly simple interpretation of something complex, like a work of literature or a detailed plan for social change. Think of it like the drawing of a boxy house and stick figures, only applied to ideas — it's an outline of something that may not capture all the important details.

Definitions of schematic
  1. adjective
    represented in simplified or symbolic form
    synonyms: conventional, formal
    nonrepresentational
    of or relating to a style of art in which objects do not resemble those known in physical nature
  2. noun
    diagram of an electrical or mechanical system
    synonyms: schematic drawing
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    types:
    wiring diagram
    a schematic drawing of the wiring of an electrical system
    type of:
    diagram
    a drawing intended to explain how something works; a drawing showing the relation between the parts
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