Simple definition

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Without guile or deceit; innocent; artless.
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Having or consisting of only one part, feature, substance, etc.; not compounded or complex; single.
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Having few parts or features; not complicated or involved.

A simple pattern.

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Without additions or qualifications; mere; bare.

The simple facts.

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Of low rank or position.
  • Humble; lowly.
  • Common; ordinary.
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(now rare) Trivial; insignificant.
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A medicinal plant or the medicine obtained from it.
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Pure; unadulterated.
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A person who is ignorant or easily misled.
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Something having only one part, substance, etc.
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Simple is defined as having only one or a few parts, easy to understand or not complicated.

An example of simple is a cardboard box.

An example of simple is the math problem 1+1.

An example of simple is a plain black dress.

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Easy to do, solve, or understand, as a task, question, etc.
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Undistinguished in social condition; of no special rank.
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(now colloquial) Feeble-minded; foolish.
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Having few parts or features; not complicated or elaborate.

A house with a simple floor plan.

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Easy to understand, do, or carry out.

A simple set of instructions; a simple chore.

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Having or composed of only one thing, element, or part.

A simple chemical substance.

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Not pretentious, guileful, or deceitful; humble or sincere.

A simple child; told us about his achievement in the simplest manner.

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Lacking significance; unimportant.
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Being without additions or modifications; mere.

A simple “yes” or “no.”

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(biology) Having no divisions or branches; not compound.

A simple leaf; a simple eye or lens.

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(music) Being without figuration or elaboration.

A simple tone.

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Having little or no ornamentation; not embellished or adorned.

A simple dress.

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Not characterized by luxury or elaborate commitments.

Simple living.

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Having or showing little intelligence, education, or experience.

Simple people who have trouble understanding health regulations.

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Lowly in condition or rank.

A simple woodcutter.

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(law) Unconditional; absolute.

In fee simple.

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(zool.) Not divided into or made up of parts; not compounded.

A simple eye.

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Not ornate; unembellished; unadorned.

Simple clothes.

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Not luxurious or elegant; plain.

Simple tastes.

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Without ostentation or affectation; natural.
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Lacking sophistication; naive.
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Having or showing little sense or reasoning ability; easily misled or deceived; stupid or foolish.
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Uneducated or ignorant.
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Consisting of one piece; whole.
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Not branched.
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Developing from a single pistil or carpel.

A simple fruit.

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Elementary.
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Unmixed.
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(archaic) A person of humble position.
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A medicinal herb.
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A medicine made from such a plant.
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The definition of a simple is an easily misled person or an ignorant person.

An example of simple is someone who does not take precautions in dangerous situations.

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In criminal law, uncomplicated by aggravating circumstances. See also aggravated and mitigating circumstance.
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In property law, inheritable by the heirs of the owner without reservation; in contract law, not under seal. See also sealed instrument.
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Uncomplicated; taken by itself, with nothing added.
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(technical) Structurally uncomplicated.
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(medicine) A preparation made from one plant, as opposed to something made from more than one plant.
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(logic) A simple or atomic proposition.
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(weaving) A drawloom.
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(weaving) Part of the apparatus for raising the heddles of a drawloom.
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(Roman Catholic) A feast which is not a double or a semidouble.
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(intransitive, archaic) To gather simples, ie, medicinal herbs.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
simple
Plural:
simples

Adjective

Base Form:
simple
Comparative:
simpler
Superlative:
simplest

Origin of simple

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin simplus sem-1 in Indo-European roots and from simplex simplex

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English simple, from Old French and French simple, from Latin simplex (“simple, literally 'onefold', as opposed to duplex, twofold, double"), from sim- (“the same") + plicare (“to fold"): see same and fold. Compare single, singular, simultaneous, etc.

    From Wiktionary