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or sim·ple-mind·ed

[sim-puh l-mahyn-did, -mahyn-]
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  1. free of deceit or guile; artless or unsophisticated.
  2. lacking in mental acuteness or sense.
  3. mentally deficient.
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Origin of simpleminded

First recorded in 1735–45; simple + minded
Related formssim·ple·mind·ed·ly, adverbsim·ple·mind·ed·ness, noun


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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.


    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)

British Dictionary definitions for simple-minded


  1. stupid; foolish; feeble-minded
  2. unsophisticated; artless
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Derived Formssimple-mindedly, adverbsimple-mindedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for simple-minded


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

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