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[sim-plis-i-tee] /sɪmˈplɪs ɪ ti/
noun, plural simplicities.
the state, quality, or an instance of being simple.
freedom from complexity, intricacy, or division into parts:
an organism of great simplicity.
absence of luxury, pretentiousness, ornament, etc.; plainness:
a life of simplicity.
freedom from deceit or guile; sincerity; artlessness; naturalness:
a simplicity of manner.
lack of mental acuteness or shrewdness:
Politics is not a field for simplicity about human nature.
Origin of simplicity
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
4. candor, directness, honesty. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for simplicity
  • But such simplicity belies a truth about the restaurant's cooking.
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  • The best way to fight tax avoidance, then, is with simplicity.
  • Brace yourself to a realization of its obviousness and simplicity.
  • So many feelings come from viewing this photo but mainly the simplicity of life.
  • The simplicity of the remodel shows sensitivity to what was there before, while bringing in much more natural light.
  • simplicity means putting all of these sensible charges into a single, easy-to-understand package.
  • There is something to be said for simplicity in an ever-more-wired age.
  • Backers of algae-based biofuels tout the simplicity of their feedstock.
  • Brace yourself at the realization of its obviousness and simplicity.
British Dictionary definitions for simplicity


the quality or condition of being simple
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Word Origin and History for simplicity

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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