What does simple mean?

Definitions for simple
ˈsɪm pəlsim·ple

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. simplenoun

    any herbaceous plant having medicinal properties

  2. simpleton, simpleadjective

    a person lacking intelligence or common sense

  3. simpleadjective

    having few parts; not complex or complicated or involved

    "a simple problem"; "simple mechanisms"; "a simple design"; "a simple substance"

  4. elementary, simple, uncomplicated, unproblematicadjective

    easy and not involved or complicated

    "an elementary problem in statistics"; "elementary, my dear Watson"; "a simple game"; "found an uncomplicated solution to the problem"

  5. bare(a), mere(a), simple(a)adjective

    apart from anything else; without additions or modifications

    "only the bare facts"; "shocked by the mere idea"; "the simple passage of time was enough"; "the simple truth"

  6. childlike, wide-eyed, round-eyed, dewy-eyed, simpleadjective

    exhibiting childlike simplicity and credulity

    "childlike trust"; "dewy-eyed innocence"; "listened in round-eyed wonder"

  7. dim-witted, simple, simple-mindedadjective

    lacking mental capacity and subtlety

  8. simple, unsubdividedadjective

    (botany) of leaf shapes; of leaves having no divisions or subdivisions

  9. simpleadjective


    "a simple country schoolhouse"; "her black dress--simple to austerity"


  1. simplenoun

    A preparation made from one plant, as opposed to something made from more than one plant.

  2. simplenoun

    A simple or atomic proposition

  3. simpleverb

    To gather simples, ie, medicinal herbs.

  4. simpleadjective

    Uncomplicated; taken by itself, with nothing added.

  5. simpleadjective

    Without ornamentation; plain.

  6. simpleadjective

    Free from duplicity; guileless, innocent, straightforward.

  7. simpleadjective

    Undistinguished in social condition; of no special rank.

  8. simpleadjective

    Trivial; insignificant.

  9. simpleadjective

    Feeble-minded; foolish.

  10. simpleadjective

    Consisting of one single substance; uncompounded.

  11. simpleadjective

    Of a group: having no normal subgroup.

  12. simpleadjective

    Not compound, but possibly lobed.

  13. Etymology: From simple, from and simple, from simplex, from sim- + plicare: see same and fold. Compare single, singular, simultaneous, etc.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Simpleadjective

    single; not complex; not infolded or entangled; uncombined; not compounded; not blended with something else; not complicated; as, a simple substance; a simple idea; a simple sound; a simple machine; a simple problem; simple tasks

  2. Simpleadjective

    plain; unadorned; as, simple dress

  3. Simpleadjective

    mere; not other than; being only

  4. Simpleadjective

    not given to artifice, stratagem, or duplicity; undesigning; sincere; true

  5. Simpleadjective

    artless in manner; unaffected; unconstrained; natural; inartificial;; straightforward

  6. Simpleadjective

    direct; clear; intelligible; not abstruse or enigmatical; as, a simple statement; simple language

  7. Simpleadjective

    weak in intellect; not wise or sagacious; of but moderate understanding or attainments; hence, foolish; silly

  8. Simpleadjective

    not luxurious; without much variety; plain; as, a simple diet; a simple way of living

  9. Simpleadjective

    humble; lowly; undistinguished

  10. Simpleadjective

    without subdivisions; entire; as, a simple stem; a simple leaf

  11. Simpleadjective

    not capable of being decomposed into anything more simple or ultimate by any means at present known; elementary; thus, atoms are regarded as simple bodies. Cf. Ultimate, a

  12. Simpleadjective


  13. Simpleadjective

    consisting of a single individual or zooid; as, a simple ascidian; -- opposed to compound

  14. Simpleadjective

    something not mixed or compounded

  15. Simpleadjective

    a medicinal plant; -- so called because each vegetable was supposed to possess its particular virtue, and therefore to constitute a simple remedy

  16. Simpleadjective

    a drawloom

  17. Simpleadjective

    a part of the apparatus for raising the heddles of a drawloom

  18. Simpleadjective

    a feast which is not a double or a semidouble

  19. Simpleverb

    to gather simples, or medicinal plants

  20. Etymology: [F. See Simple, a.]



    SIMPLE, the session initiation protocol for instant messaging and presence leveraging extensions, is an instant messaging and presence protocol suite based on Session Initiation Protocol managed by the IETF. Contrary to the vast majority of IM and presence protocols used by software deployed today, SIMPLE is an open standard like XMPP.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Simple

    sim′pl, adj. single: undivided: resisting decomposition: elementary, undeveloped: plain, single, entire: homogeneous: open: unaffected: undesigning: true: clear: straightforward: artless: guileless: unsuspecting: credulous: not cunning: weak in intellect: silly: of mean birth—opposed to Gentle.—n. something not mixed or compounded: a medicinal herb: a simple feast—opposed to a double or semidouble.—v.i. to gather simples or medicinal plants.—adjs. Sim′ple-heart′ed, having a simple heart: guileless; Sim′ple-mind′ed, having a simple mind: unsuspecting: undesigning.—ns. Sim′ple-mind′edness, the state or quality of being simple-minded: artlessness; Sim′pleness, the state or quality of being simple: artlessness: simplicity: folly; Sim′pler, a gatherer of simples; Sim′pless (Spens.), simplicity; Sim′pleton, a weak or foolish person.—adv. Simplic′iter, simply, not relatively.—ns. Simplic′ity, the state or quality of being simple: singleness: want of complication: openness: clearness: freedom from excessive adornment: plainness: sincerity: artlessness: credulity, silliness, folly; Simplificā′tion, the act of making simple.—adj. Sim′plificātive.—n. Sim′plificātor, one who simplifies.—v.t. Sim′plify, to make simple: to render less difficult: to make plain:—pa.t. and pa.p. sim′plified.ns. Sim′plism, affected simplicity; Sim′plist, one skilled in simples.—adj. Simplis′tic.—adv. Sim′ply, in a simple manner: artlessly: foolishly: weakly: plainly: considered by itself: alone: merely: solely. [Fr.,—L. simplex, the same—sim- (L. semel), root of plicāre, to fold.]


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Editors Contribution

  1. simple

    Easy, perfect and concise to create, understand or do

    The presentation is simple and effective.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 22, 2020  

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'simple' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #696

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'simple' in Written Corpus Frequency: #953

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'simple' in Adjectives Frequency: #68

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of simple in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of simple in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of simple in a Sentence

  1. Harry Shearer:

    I have a very simple belief about acting, the job of the actor is to play someone who they're not.

  2. El Celler de Can Roca:

    This campaign is trying to raise ethical and environmental public awareness, if you take care of your health, you also take care of the planet's health. It is as simple as that and it is something that everyone needs to understand.

  3. Anuj Somany:

    Something that is said with the word “YOU” is truly heard by a very few and, that too, listened only of someone who leads a very simple life and regularly says the things refreshingly new because “YOU” has a tone and texture of an ADVICE, which everyone tries to give than take from others as almost all consider themselves to be WISE.

  4. Franck Langevin:

    It is a simple and affordable weapon in the fight against malaria.

  5. Robert Mattes:

    Where governments do relatively simple things like invest in secondary and tertiary education, build good roads, and other development infrastructure like sewage systems and electricity grids, people are substantially better off.

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