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Related to simpleminded: treated, inevitability, expedite


or sim·ple·mind·ed (sĭm′pəl-mīn′dĭd)
1. Lacking in subtlety or sophistication; artless or naive: a simple-minded horror movie; simple-minded generalizations.
2. Stupid or silly; foolish.
3. Offensive Intellectually disabled.

sim′ple-mind′ed·ly adv.
sim′ple-mind′ed·ness n.


1. lacking in mental acuteness or sense.
2. artless or unsophisticated.
sim′ple•mind′ed•ly, adv.
sim′ple•mind′ed•ness, n.
References in classic literature ?
It was rather too late in the day to set about being simpleminded and ignorant; but she left her with every previous resolution confirmed of being humble and discreet, and repressing imagination all the rest of her life.
This simpleminded, worldly ex-Guardsman and senator whose soft grey official whiskers had brushed against his cheek, his aristocratic and convinced father, was he a whit less estimable or more absurd than that famine-stricken, fanatical revolutionist, the red-nosed student?
The titular Therese Raquin is a young woman (played by Kate Nelligan) trapped in a loveless marriage to her simpleminded first cousin, Camille (Kenneth Cranham).
One "flat earther", one "simpleminded" and two "deniers".
Grammy nominee Joan Jett!" (Um, huh?)--to peddle tired exploitation nonsense, in the form of a simpleminded revenge yarn.
FORREST GUMP (Film4, Thursday, 9pm) IT WON several Oscars including Best Actor for Tom Hanks and follows the fortunes of a simpleminded, but kindly, soul who somehow manages to be present at just about every major historical American event since the 1950s.
My reference to a joke was to J Hampton's bizarre and simpleminded suggestion for putting things right: chuck out coalition millionaires and replace them with Labour millionaires - the same Labour millionaires who let people down the last time.
The more the church hierarchy feels they are losing control, the more radical their attempts to quash the "simpleminded" laity and dissenting bishops from speaking and following their consciences.
However, there's no question Leunig represents the logical conclusion of the kind of simpleminded balance sheet economics promoted during the last 30 years.
The modeling described in "Simpleminded voters" (SN: 7/5/08, p.
Because of this tragic episode, woman revealed herself as a simpleminded creature who was easily deceived.