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verb (used with object), sim·pli·fied, sim·pli·fy·ing.
  1. to make less complex or complicated; make plainer or easier: to simplify a problem.
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Origin of simplify

1645–55; < French simplifier < Medieval Latin simplificāre to make simple, equivalent to Latin simpli- (combining form of simplus simple) + -ficāre -fy
Related formssim·pli·fi·ca·tion, nounsim·pli·fi·ca·tive, adjectivesim·pli·fi·er, sim·pli·fi·ca·tor, nounnon·sim·pli·fi·ca·tion, nounsu·per·sim·pli·fy, verb (used with object), su·per·sim·pli·fied, su·per·sim·pli·fy·ing.un·sim·pli·fied, adjectiveun·sim·pli·fy·ing, adjective
Can be confusedsimple simplified simplistic
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Historical Examples

  • What was saved by the simplification of the accounts remained as a pure gain.


    Theodor Hertzka

  • Generalisation is only an instinctive process of simplification.

  • This was based upon a simplification of Newtons seven primaries.

  • Mostly, he thought, it was the simplification that had come about.

    Ten From Infinity

    Paul W. Fairman

  • Any dramatic statement of these laws is a simplification as is a diagram or map.

    Here and Now Story Book

    Lucy Sprague Mitchell

British Dictionary definitions for simplification


verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
  1. to make less complicated, clearer, or easier
  2. maths to reduce (an equation, fraction, etc) to a simpler form by cancellation of common factors, regrouping of terms in the same variable, etc
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Derived Formssimplification, nounsimplificative, adjectivesimplifier, noun

Word Origin

C17: via French from Medieval Latin simplificāre, from Latin simplus simple + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for simplification


1680s, from Middle French simplification "act or process of simplifying," from simplifier (see simplify).

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1650s, from French simplifier "to make simpler" (15c.), from Medieval Latin simplificare "to simplify," from Latin simplex "simple" (see simplex) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Meaning "to make easier to do" is from 1759. Related: Simplified; simplifying.

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