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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 ?
A light snow had fallen, obliterating the path, but making the young man's trail conspicuous; each footprint was plainly defined.
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.
Only Marya Dmitrievna Akhrosimova, had come to Petersburg that summer to see one of her sons, allowed herself plainly to express an opinion contrary to the general one.
They were promptly and plainly answered; and they led to no other conclusion than that the strange lady was, mentally and physically, in excellent health.
It was a long, manifold, peculiar cry, and Zarathustra plainly distinguished that it was composed of many voices: although heard at a distance it might sound like the cry out of a single mouth.
The clause I now read is as plainly written in the Constitution as any other of its provisions:
To that hatred and distrust--which had expressed itself in various ways in the Asylum--the anonymous letter, written after her escape, was plainly attributable.
They were talking low, of indifferent things which plainly were not the things that occupied their thoughts.
Her hair, black but plentifully shot with grey, was brushed plainly back from her high forehead, and was gathered under a small round felt hat, like that of a man, with one sprig of feather in the band as a concession to her sex.
Then I must tell you plainly," said Thwackum, "I am resolved to discover the wicked wretch.
When I have stated the case to Lady Verinder as the case now stands, and when I have told her plainly what course of action to take for the recovery of the Moonstone, the responsibility will be off my shoulders.