adjective, sim·pler, sim·plest.
- composed of only one substance or element: a simple substance.
- not mixed.
Origin of simple
Examples from the Web for simpler
We see that he has not shed his desire to return to a simpler life.The Walking Dead’s Luke Skywalker: Rick Grimes Is the Perfect Modern-Day Mythical Hero|Regina Lizik|October 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At that time of day, we are easily rattled by simpler debates than the Middle East conflict.
MISTER not only publicized the app, it encouraged men to access it from within their profiles for simpler sharing between users.
Does anyone else remember a simpler, more parsimonious America?
It probably would have been much safer to do a smaller-budget movie with a simpler theme.How ‘Transcendence’ Director Wally Pfister Became Christopher Nolan’s Secret Weapon|Andrew Romano|April 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is simpler than most, but it illustrates very aptly the grace of idea and expression which is characteristic of this poet.Studies of Contemporary Poets|Mary C. Sturgeon
At the laboratory, the new apparatus looked immensely lighter and simpler than the old.The Ultimate Weapon|John Wood Campbell
It is simpler, cleaner, and more rapid in working, and never damages the grain of the skin.Leather|K. J. Adcock
We shall forget the "laughter and the tears" and the "sudden freshet," and a simpler phrase will form itself in our memories.Memoirs of My Dead Life|George Moore
The food is broken into simpler compounds and the contained energy is liberated.The Story of the Living Machine|H. W. Conn
British Dictionary definitions for simpler
- (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
Word Origin and History for simpler
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."
Idioms and Phrases with simpler
see pure and simple.