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simpleminded

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[sim-puh l-mahyn-did, -mahyn-] /ˈsɪm pəlˈmaɪn dɪd, -ˌmaɪn-/
adjective
1.
free of deceit or guile; artless or unsophisticated.
2.
lacking in mental acuteness or sense.
3.
mentally deficient.
Origin of simpleminded
1735-1745
First recorded in 1735-45; simple + minded
Related forms
simplemindedly, adverb
simplemindedness, noun
Synonyms
2, 3. stupid, foolish, slow, dull-witted, half-witted.
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  • Instead, with simple-minded directness he seemed to be studying on the matter.

    Hidden Water Dane Coolidge
  • He recalled them with simple-minded compunction at that distance of time.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • You are only a footpad, a simple-minded marquis of the bludgeon.

    The O'Ruddy Stephen Crane
  • As they went past, the doctor said to himself: "Blessed are the simple-minded!"

  • They have a simple-minded simplicity that anyone can understand.

    The K-Factor Harry Harrison (AKA Henry Maxwell Dempsey)
  • For we are simple-minded creatures, and prone to superstition.

    By the Christmas Fire

    Samuel McChord Crothers
British Dictionary definitions for simple-minded

simple-minded

adjective
1.
stupid; foolish; feeble-minded
2.
unsophisticated; artless
Derived Forms
simple-mindedly, adverb
simple-mindedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for simple-minded
adj.

1744, from simple (adj.) + minded. Related: Simple-mindedly; simple-mindedness.

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