- the state, quality, or an instance of being simple.
- freedom from complexity, intricacy, or division into parts: an organism of great simplicity.
- absence of luxury, pretentiousness, ornament, etc.; plainness: a life of simplicity.
- freedom from deceit or guile; sincerity; artlessness; naturalness: a simplicity of manner.
- lack of mental acuteness or shrewdness: Politics is not a field for simplicity about human nature.
Origin of simplicity
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Examples from the Web for simplicity
Newman imparts a simplicity and a boyish eagerness to his characters.The Stacks: The Eyes of Winter: Paul Newman at 70
October 11, 2014
The value of the rapid diagnostic test lies in its simplicity.This New Ebola Test Is As Easy As a Pregnancy Test, So Why Aren’t We Using It?
October 3, 2014
The emphasis on freshness and simplicity laid forth by the governmental guidelines is in line with his cooking ethos.Meet the Chef Fighting to Ensure That Brazilians Will Never Be as Fat as Americans
June 25, 2014
But the problem is aggravated immeasurably by the simplicity of current-day pop music.Did Led Zeppelin Steal ‘Stairway to Heaven’?
May 25, 2014
Furthermore, the simplicity of his clothes belied their technical virtuosity, their status.When Fashion Met Art: Andy Warhol & Halston’s Decades-Long Friendship
May 21, 2014
Simplicity and self-forgetfulness were manifest in carriage and utterance.Weighed and Wanting
Yet something new, inexplicable, thwarted her and changed the simplicity of her passion.The Dream
The bluntness of Lizzie's speech disconcerted him, and yet the simplicity of it reassured him.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
I did not laugh at her simplicity, nor did I smile or feel any inclination to smile.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
He let them do so in the innocence of his heart and the simplicity of his mind.The Secret Agent
- the quality or condition of being simple
Word Origin and History for simplicity
late 14c., "singleness of nature, unity, indivisibility; immutability," from Old French simplicite (12c., Modern French simplicité), from Latin simplicitatem (nominative simplicitas) "state of being simple, frankness, openness, artlessness, candor, directness," from simplex (genitive simplicis) "simple" (see simplex). Sense of "ignorance" is from c.1400; that of "simplicity of expression, plainness of style" is early 15c.
Middle English also had simplesse, from French, attested in English from mid-14c. in sense "humility, lack of pride," late 14c. as "wholeness, unity;" c.1400 as "ignorance."