- interest payable only on the principal; interest that is not compounded.
Origin of simple interest
First recorded in 1790–1800
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- interest calculated or paid on the principal aloneCompare compound interest
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- Interest computed only on the original principal and not on the sum of the principal plus accrued interest. The amount of simple interest remains constant. Compare compound interest.
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