adjective, sim·pler, sim·plest.
- composed of only one substance or element: a simple substance.
- not mixed.
- simple absence,
- simple algebraic extension,
- simple arc,
- simple carbohydrate,
- simple closed curve
Origin of simple
Examples from the Web for simple
The simple, awful truth is that free speech has never been particularly popular in America.
The reason pilots would choose to use guns over a bomb or a missile is simple.New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019|Dave Majumdar|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Still, I worry that a simple traffic stop could have tragic consequences.
The premise was simple: satire is devastating against tyrants.The Sony Hack and America’s Craven Capitulation To Terror|David Keyes|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A big part of the reason is a simple psychological phenomenon called cognitive dissonance.
The story is simple enough, but Miss Doudney handles it well.The Old Masters and Their Pictures|Sarah Tytler
The simple fact was, that Pope's grandfather, the highest they could trace the family, was a clergyman in Hampshire.
Of a simple and solid edifice, it is not easy, however, to circumscribe the duration.The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire|Edward Gibbon
A simple story, too, and yet there are so many ways of telling it!Henrietta Temple|Benjamin Disraeli
Each of these was, then, bent on constructing a science out of a simple fact.The Works of Honor de Balzac|Honor de Balzac
- (of a fraction) containing only integers
- (of an equation) containing variables to the first power only; linear
- (of a root of an equation) occurring only once; not multiple
- not divided into partsa simple leaf; a simple eye
- formed from only one ovarysimple fruit
Word Origin for simple
c.1200, "free from duplicity, upright, guileless; blameless, innocently harmless," also "ignorant, uneducated; unsophisticated; simple-minded, foolish," from Old French simple (12c.) "plain, decent; friendly, sweet; naive, foolish, stupid," hence "wretched, miserable," from Latin simplus, variant of simplex "simple, uncompounded," literally "onefold" (see simplex). Sense of "free from pride, humble, meek" is mid-13c. As "consisting of only one substance or ingredient" (opposite of composite or compounded) it dates from late 14c.; as "easily done" (opposite of complicated) it dates from late 15c.
From mid-14c. as "unqualified; mere; sheer;" also "clear, straightforward; easily understood." From late 14c. as "single, individual; whole." From late 14c. of clothing, etc., "modest, plain, unadorned," and of food, "plain, not sumptuous." In medicine, of fractures, etc., "lacking complications," late 14c. As a law term, "lacking additional legal stipulations, unlimited," from mid-14c.
In Middle English with wider senses than recently, e.g. "inadequate, insufficient; weak, feeble; mere; few; sad, downcast; mournful; of little value; low in price; impoverished, destitute;" of hair, "straight, not curly." As noun, "an innocent or a guileless person; a humble or modest person" (late 14c.), also "an uncompounded substance." From c.1500 as "ignorant people."
see pure and simple.