- the quality or condition of being simple
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
- [uncountable] the state or quality of being simple.
- [countable] an instance or example of this.
- [uncountable] the absence of luxury or ornament;
- the state, quality, or an instance of being simple.
- freedom from complexity, intricacy, or division into parts:an organism of great simplicity.
- absence of luxury, pretentiousness, ornament, etc.;
plainness:a life of simplicity.
- freedom from deceit or guile;
naturalness:a simplicity of manner.
- lack of mental acuteness or shrewdness:Politics is not a field for simplicity about human nature.
- Latin simplicitās simpleness, equivalent. to simplici- (stem of simplex) simplex + -tās -ty2
- Old French simplicité)
- Middle English simplicite ( 1325–75
- 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged candor, directness, honesty.