- simple [sim′pəl]adj.simpler, simplest [OFr < L simplus < IE * sṃplos < bases * sem-, one + * -plo-, -fold: see DOUBLE]1. having or consisting of only one part, feature, substance, etc.; not compounded or complex; single2. having few parts or features; not complicated or involved [a simple pattern]3. easy to do, solve, or understand, as a task, question, etc.4. without additions or qualifications; mere; bare [the simple facts]5.a) not ornate; unembellished; unadorned [simple clothes]b) not luxurious or elegant; plain [simple tastes]6. pure; unadulterated7. without guile or deceit; innocent; artless8.a) without ostentation or affectation; naturalb) lacking sophistication; naive9. of low rank or position; specif.,a) humble; lowlyb) common; ordinary10. lacking significance; unimportant11.a) having or showing little sense or reasoning ability; easily misled or deceived; stupid or foolishb) uneducated or ignorant12. Bot.a) consisting of one piece; wholeb) not branchedc) developing from a single pistil or carpel [a simple fruit]13. Chem.a) elementaryb) unmixed14. Law unconditional; absolute [in fee simple]15. Zool. not divided into or made up of parts; not compounded [a simple eye]n.1. a person who is ignorant or easily misled2. something having only one part, substance, etc.3. Archaica) a medicinal herbb) a medicine made from such a plant4. Archaic a person of humble positionSYN.- EASYsimplenessn.
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.