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simplicity

[sim-plis-i-tee] /sɪmˈplɪs ɪ ti/
noun, plural simplicities.
1.
the state, quality, or an instance of being simple.
2.
freedom from complexity, intricacy, or division into parts:
an organism of great simplicity.
3.
absence of luxury, pretentiousness, ornament, etc.; plainness:
a life of simplicity.
4.
freedom from deceit or guile; sincerity; artlessness; naturalness:
a simplicity of manner.
5.
lack of mental acuteness or shrewdness:
Politics is not a field for simplicity about human nature.
Origin of simplicity
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English simplicite (< Old French simplicité) < Latin simplicitās simpleness, equivalent to simplici- (stem of simplex) simplex + -tās -ty2
Related forms
nonsimplicity, noun, plural nonsimplicities.
oversimplicity, noun
supersimplicity, noun
Synonyms
4. candor, directness, honesty.
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  • "I must speak to Isy about it," answered James with simplicity.

    Salted With Fire George MacDonald
  • Yet something new, inexplicable, thwarted her and changed the simplicity of her passion.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • Presently he was speaking with a simplicity and openness that he had not yet used with Katherine.

  • The bluntness of Lizzie's speech disconcerted him, and yet the simplicity of it reassured him.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • He thought in his simplicity that there was some truth in the statement.

    Penguin Island Anatole France
British Dictionary definitions for simplicity

simplicity

/sɪmˈplɪsɪtɪ/
noun
1.
the quality or condition of being simple
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Word Origin and History for simplicity
n.

late 14c., "singleness of nature, unity, indivisibility; immutability," from Old French simplicite (12c., Modern French simplicité), from Latin simplicitatem (nominative simplicitas) "state of being simple, frankness, openness, artlessness, candor, directness," from simplex (genitive simplicis) "simple" (see simplex). Sense of "ignorance" is from c.1400; that of "simplicity of expression, plainness of style" is early 15c.

Middle English also had simplesse, from French, attested in English from mid-14c. in sense "humility, lack of pride," late 14c. as "wholeness, unity;" c.1400 as "ignorance."

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