Simple meaning

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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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Having or consisting of only one part, feature, substance, etc.; not compounded or complex; single.
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Pure; unadulterated.
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Of low rank or position.
  • Humble; lowly.
  • Common; ordinary.
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Having few parts or features; not complicated or involved.

A simple pattern.

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A medicinal plant or the medicine obtained from it.
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(logic) A simple or atomic proposition.
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Easy to do, solve, or understand, as a task, question, etc.
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Without additions or qualifications; mere; bare.

The simple facts.

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Without guile or deceit; innocent; artless.
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Lacking significance; unimportant.
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Unconditional; absolute.

In fee simple.

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

A simple eye.

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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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A person of humble position.
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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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Undistinguished in social condition; of no special rank.
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(now rare) Trivial; insignificant.
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(now colloquial) Feeble-minded; foolish.
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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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(weaving) A drawloom.
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(weaving) Part of the apparatus for raising the heddles of a drawloom.
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(intransitive, archaic) To gather simples, ie, medicinal herbs.
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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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(SIP for Instant Messaging and Presence Leveraging Extensions) Enhancements that add instant messaging and presence to the SIP protocol. Developed by the SIMPLE working group of the IETF, SIMPLE adds buddy list subscriptions and notifications and instant messaging commands.SIMPLE has two modes. Session mode, which is the more efficient mode, sets up the call and provides a raft of features including conferencing. Page mode uses no call setup and is more like a short messaging service for delivering one-shot messages and announcements.The IETF's Instant Messaging and Presence Protocol (IMPP) working group, from which the SIMPLE group was split off, focuses on helping people build gateways to SIMPLE from other IM systems. In 2001, AOL said it would support SIMPLE, but subsequently abandoned its plans. See SIP.
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(Roman Catholic) A feast which is not a double or a semidouble.
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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