simplicity[sim plis′ə tē]
- 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 of simplicityMiddle English simplicite ; from Old French simplicité ; from Classical Latin simplicitas
- 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 of simplicityMiddle English simplicite, from Old French, from Latin simplicitās, from simplex, simplic-, simple; see sem-1 in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural simplicities)
- The quality or state of being simple, unmixed, or uncompounded; as, the simplicity of metals or of earths.
- The quality or state of being not complex, or of consisting of few parts; as, the simplicity of a machine.
- Artlessness of mind; freedom from cunning or duplicity; lack of acuteness and sagacity.
- Freedom from artificial ornament, pretentious style, or luxury; plainness; as, simplicity of dress, of style, or of language; simplicity of diet; simplicity of life.
- Freedom from subtlety or abstruseness; clearness; as, the simplicity of a doctrine; the simplicity of an explanation or a demonstration.
- Freedom from complication; efficiency.
- Weakness of intellect; silliness; folly.
- (rare) An act or instance of foolishness.