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plain

 (plān)
adj. plain·er, plain·est
1. Free from obstructions; open; clear: in plain view.
2. Obvious to the perception or mind; evident: make one's intention plain. See Synonyms at apparent.
3.
a. Not elaborate or complicated; simple: plain food.
b. Marked by little or no ornamentation or decoration: plain garb.
c. Straightforward; frank or candid: plain talk.
d. Not pretentious; unaffected.
e. Lacking beauty or distinction: a plain face.
4. Not mixed with other substances; pure: plain water.
5. Common in rank or station; average; ordinary: a plain man.
6. Not dyed, twilled, or patterned: a plain fabric.
7. Sheer; utter; unqualified: plain stupidity.
8. Archaic Having no visible elevation or depression; flat; level.
n.
1.
a. often plains An extensive, level, usually treeless area of land.
b. A broad level expanse, as a part of the sea floor or a lunar mare.
2. Something free of ornamentation or extraneous matter.
adv. Informal
Clearly; simply: plain stubborn.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin plānus; see pelə- in Indo-European roots.]

plain′ly adv.
plain′ness n.
Synonyms: plain, modest, simple, unpretentious
These adjectives mean not ornate, ostentatious, or showy: a plain hairstyle; a modest cottage; a simple dark suit; an unpretentious country church.
Antonym: ornate
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.plainly - unmistakably (`plain' is often used informally for `plainly')plainly - unmistakably (`plain' is often used informally for `plainly'); "the answer is obviously wrong"; "she was in bed and evidently in great pain"; "he was manifestly too important to leave off the guest list"; "it is all patently nonsense"; "she has apparently been living here for some time"; "I thought he owned the property, but apparently not"; "You are plainly wrong"; "he is plain stubborn"
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
2.plainly - in a simple manner; without extravagance or embellishment; "she was dressed plainly"; "they lived very simply"

plainly

adverb
1. clearly, obviously, undoubtedly, undeniably, beyond doubt, incontrovertibly, incontestably The judge's conclusion was plainly wrong.
2. openly, frankly, publicly, in public, overtly, candidly, unreservedly, forthrightly, straight from the shoulder (informal) Few of our political leaders are willing to talk plainly about the crisis.
Translations
بِوُضوح، بِصَراحَه
jasněprostě
enkelt
einfaldlega
jasno

plainly

[ˈpleɪnlɪ] ADV
1. (= clearly) plainly I was not welcomeestaba claro or era evidente or era obvio que no era bienvenido
I can remember it all quite plainlylo recuerdo con todo detalle or perfectamente
2. (= frankly) to put it plainly, he's not wantedhablando claro or sin rodeos, él sobra
to speak plainly to sbhablar claro a algn, hablar a algn sin rodeos
3. (= simply) → con sencillez, sencillamente
she dresses plainlyviste con sencillez or sencillamente

plainly

[ˈpleɪnli] adv
(= obviously) → clairement
The judge's conclusion was plainly wrong → Les conclusions du juge étaient clairement fausses.
He was plainly annoyed → Il était clairement ennuyé.
(= clearly) → clairement
to see sth plainly → voir clairement qch
(= frankly) → sans détours
to talk plainly about sth → parler sans détour de qch
(= simply) → simplement
He was very tall and plainly dressed → Il était très grand et habillé simplement.

plainly

adv
(= clearly)eindeutig; explain, remember, visibleklar, deutlich; plainly, these new techniques are impracticales ist ganz klar, dass diese neuen Verfahren unpraktisch sind
(= frankly)offen, direkt
(= simply, unsophisticatedly)einfach

plainly

[ˈpleɪnlɪ] adv (clearly) → chiaramente; (speak) → con franchezza, francamente; (dress) → con semplicità, sobriamente

plain

(plein) adjective
1. simple or ordinary; without ornament or decoration. plain living; good, plain food.
2. easy to understand; clear. His words were quite plain.
3. absolutely open or honest, with no attempt to be tactful. I'll be quite plain with you; plain speaking.
4. obvious. It's plain (to see) you haven't been practising your music.
5. not pretty. a rather plain girl.
noun
1. a large flat level piece of land. the plains of central Canada.
2. a kind of knitting stitch.
ˈplainly adverb
ˈplainness noun
plain chocolate
dark chocolate not containing milk.
plain clothes ordinary clothes, not a uniform: Detectives usually wear plain clothes; adjective (etc)
a plain-clothes job.
plain sailing
progress without difficulty.
ˌplain-ˈspoken adjective
speaking honestly and candidly, not trying to be tactful. She is a very plain-spoken person who always says what she means.
in plain English
in simple words; clearly expressed. Would you mind explaining it in plain English?
References in classic literature ?
On the other side was a stately stone mansion, plainly betokening every sort of comfort and luxury, from the big coach house and well-kept grounds to the conservatory and the glimpses of lovely things one caught between the rich curtains.
Oh, it's all plainly written down there," and Tom waved toward the magazine at which Ned was looking.
Beside a frozen pond something happened to the other sledge; Peter saw it plainly.
He could see it plainly between the gaunt trunks of the water-oaks and across the stretch of yellow camomile.
Amid the jargon of Indian dialects that he now plainly heard, it was easy to distinguish not only words, but sentences, in the patois of the Canadas.
You are a nice girl,--I see it plainly," continued Hepzibah; "and it is not any question as to that point which makes me hesitate.
Freely then, and plainly," said the physician, still busy with his plants, but keeping a wary eye on Mr.
Grose's eyes expressed plainly that SHE had no wish to be, yet also that she knew too well her place not to be ready to share with me any marked inconvenience.
But at that moment he chanced to turn his face so towards the light, that I plainly saw they could not be sticking-plasters at all, those black squares on his cheeks.
The whole calamity, with the falling form of Macey, was plainly descried from the ship.
And yet Captain Wragge had plainly declared that the name on his card would recall "a family matter" to Mrs.
adding, "that he intended a voyage to the East Indies in two months," at last he plainly invited me, though with some apologies, to be surgeon of the ship; "that I should have another surgeon under me, beside our two mates; that my salary should be double to the usual pay; and that having experienced my knowledge in sea-affairs to be at least equal to his, he would enter into any engagement to follow my advice, as much as if I had shared in the command.