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adj. sim·pler, sim·plest
a. Having few parts or features; not complicated or elaborate: a house with a simple floor plan.
b. Easy to understand, do, or carry out: a simple set of instructions; a simple chore. See Synonyms at easy.
c. Having or composed of only one thing, element, or part: a simple chemical substance.
d. Being without additions or modifications; mere: a simple "yes" or "no."
e. Biology Having no divisions or branches; not compound: a simple leaf; a simple eye or lens.
f. Music Being without figuration or elaboration: a simple tone.
a. Having little or no ornamentation; not embellished or adorned: a simple dress. See Synonyms at plain.
b. Not characterized by luxury or elaborate commitments: simple living.
a. Not pretentious, guileful, or deceitful; humble or sincere: a simple child; told us about his achievement in the simplest manner.
b. Having or showing little intelligence, education, or experience: simple people who have trouble understanding health regulations. See Synonyms at naive.
c. Lowly in condition or rank: a simple woodcutter.
n. Archaic
A medicinal plant or the medicine obtained from it.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin simplus; see sem- in Indo-European roots and from simplex; see simplex.]

sim′ple·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.simpleness - a lack of penetration or subtlety; "they took advantage of her simplicity"
naiveness, naivete, naivety - lack of sophistication or worldliness
2.simpleness - the quality of being simple or uncompounded; "the simplicity of a crystal"
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
3.simpleness - freedom from difficulty or hardship or effortsimpleness - freedom from difficulty or hardship or effort; "he rose through the ranks with apparent ease"; "they put it into containers for ease of transportation"; "the very easiness of the deed held her back"
effortlessness - the quality of requiring little effort; "such effortlessness is achieved only after hours of practice"
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
4.simpleness - lack of ornamentation; "the room was simply decorated with great restraint"
plainness - the appearance of being plain and unpretentious


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Truly I find small difficulty here, the matter being even a child's affair for simpleness.
Simpleness of diet was prescribed to them, roots, pottage, gruels, eating flesh but thrice a-week, because the accustomed feeding on flesh is a dishonourable corruption of the body; and behold, their tables groan under delicate fare
That isn't simpleness, mama," he said, looking across the boulders behind the apple-trees where the hammocks were slung.
In spite of simpleness of the hot embossing process and relative low cost of embossing equipment, the application of hot embossing does not show competitiveness in efficiency and cost for mass-production compared with microinjection molding, injection compression molding, extrusion melt imprinting, etc.
2001); Among these methods, the MC method is widely used because of its simpleness, substantivity and easy implement (Zhang et al.
For the sake of simpleness, the variance of sampled image region is used to evaluate the image noise degree.