- Simplicity is freedom from extravagance, luxury and complexity.
An example of simplicity is sitting in a lush meadow on a summer's day.
- a simple state or quality, as of form or composition; freedom from intricacy or complexity
- absence of elegance, embellishment, luxury, etc.; plainness
- freedom from affectation, subtlety, etc.; artlessness
- lack of sense; foolishness
Origin: Middle English simplicite from Old French simplicité from Classical Latin simplicitas
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noun pl. sim·plic·i·ties
- The property, condition, or quality of being simple or uncombined.
- Absence of luxury or showiness; plainness.
- Absence of affectation or pretense.
- a. Lack of sophistication or subtlety; naiveté.b. Lack of good sense or intelligence; foolishness.
- a. Clarity of expression.b. Austerity in embellishment.
Origin: Middle English simplicite, from Old French, from Latin simplicitās, from simplex, simplic-, simple; see sem-1 in Indo-European roots.