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simple

[sim-puh l] /ˈsɪm pəl/
adjective, simpler, simplest.
1.
easy to understand, deal with, use, etc.:
a simple matter; simple tools.
2.
not elaborate or artificial; plain:
a simple style.
3.
not ornate or luxurious; unadorned:
a simple gown.
4.
unaffected; unassuming; modest:
a simple manner.
5.
not complicated:
a simple design.
6.
not complex or compound; single.
7.
occurring or considered alone; mere; bare:
the simple truth; a simple fact.
8.
free of deceit or guile; sincere; unconditional:
a frank, simple answer.
9.
common or ordinary:
a simple soldier.
10.
not grand or sophisticated; unpretentious:
a simple way of life.
11.
humble or lowly:
simple folk.
12.
inconsequential or rudimentary.
13.
unlearned; ignorant.
14.
lacking mental acuteness or sense:
a simple way of thinking.
15.
unsophisticated; naive; credulous.
17.
Chemistry.
  1. composed of only one substance or element:
    a simple substance.
  2. not mixed.
18.
Botany. not divided into parts:
a simple leaf; a simple stem.
19.
Zoology. not compound:
a simple ascidian.
20.
Music. uncompounded or without overtones; single:
simple tone.
21.
Grammar. having only the head without modifying elements included: The simple subject of “The dappled pony gazed over the fence” is “pony.”.
Compare complete (def 5).
22.
(of a verb tense) consisting of a main verb with no auxiliaries, as takes (simple present) or stood (simple past) (opposed to compound).
23.
Mathematics, linear (def 7).
24.
Optics. (of a lens) having two optical surfaces only.
noun
25.
an ignorant, foolish, or gullible person.
26.
something simple, unmixed, or uncompounded.
27.
simples, Textiles. cords for controlling the warp threads in forming the shed on draw-looms.
28.
a person of humble origins; commoner.
29.
an herb or other plant used for medicinal purposes:
country simples.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; (adj.) Middle English < Old French < Late Latin simplus simple, Latin (in simpla pecunia simple fee or sum), equivalent to sim- one (see simplex) + -plus, as in duplus duple, double (see -fold); cognate with Greek háplos (see haplo-); (noun) Middle English: commoner, derivative of the adj.
Related forms
simpleness, noun
oversimple, adjective
oversimpleness, noun
oversimply, adverb
subsimple, adjective
ultrasimple, adjective
unsimple, adjective
unsimpleness, noun
unsimply, adverb
Can be confused
simple, simplified, simplistic (see confusables note at simplistic)
Synonyms
1. clear, intelligible, understandable, unmistakable, lucid. 2. natural, unembellished, neat. 8. artless, guileless, ingenuous. 12. trifling, trivial, nonessential, unnecessary. 13. untutored, stupid.
Confusables note
See simplistic.
Synonym Study
10. See homely.
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British Dictionary definitions for ultrasimple

simple

/ˈsɪmpəl/
adjective
1.
not involved or complicated; easy to understand or do: a simple problem
2.
plain; unadorned: a simple dress
3.
consisting of one element or part only; not combined or complex: a simple mechanism
4.
unaffected or unpretentious: although he became famous, he remained a simple and well-liked man
5.
not guileful; sincere; frank: her simple explanation was readily accepted
6.
of humble condition or rank: the peasant was of simple birth
7.
weak in intelligence; feeble-minded
8.
(prenominal) without additions or modifications; mere: the witness told the simple truth
9.
(prenomina) ordinary or straightforward: a simple case of mumps
10.
(chem) (of a substance or material) consisting of only one chemical compound rather than a mixture of compounds
11.
(maths)
  1. (of a fraction) containing only integers
  2. (of an equation) containing variables to the first power only; linear
  3. (of a root of an equation) occurring only once; not multiple
12.
(biology)
  1. not divided into parts: a simple leaf, a simple eye
  2. formed from only one ovary: simple fruit
13.
(music) relating to or denoting a time where the number of beats per bar may be two, three, or four
noun (archaic)
14.
a simpleton; fool
15.
a plant, esp a herbaceous plant, having medicinal properties
Derived Forms
simpleness, noun
Word Origin
C13: via Old French from Latin simplex plain
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Word Origin and History for ultrasimple

simple

adj.

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."

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Slang definitions & phrases for ultrasimple

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Idioms and Phrases with ultrasimple

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