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sɪmˈplɪs ɪ tisim·plic·i·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. simplicity, simplenessnoun

    the quality of being simple or uncompounded

    "the simplicity of a crystal"

  2. simplicity, simpleness, simple mindednessnoun

    a lack of penetration or subtlety

    "they took advantage of her simplicity"

  3. simplicity, simmplenessnoun

    absence of affectation or pretense

  4. ease, easiness, simplicity, simplenessnoun

    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"

  5. chasteness, restraint, simplicity, simplenessnoun

    lack of ornamentation

    "the room was simply decorated with great restraint"

Wiktionary

  1. simplicitynoun

    The quality or state of being simple, unmixed, or uncompounded; as, the simplicity of metals or of earths.

  2. simplicitynoun

    The quality or state of being not complex, or of consisting of few parts; as, the simplicity of a machine.

  3. simplicitynoun

    Artlessness of mind; freedom from cunning or duplicity; lack of acuteness and sagacity.

  4. simplicitynoun

    Freedom from artificial ornament, pretentious style, or luxury; plainness; as, simplicity of dress, of style, or of language; simplicity of diet; simplicity of life.

  5. simplicitynoun

    Freedom from subtlety or abstruseness; clearness; as, the simplicity of a doctrine; the simplicity of an explanation or a demonstration.

  6. simplicitynoun

    Weakness of intellect; silliness; folly.

  7. simplicitynoun

    An act or instance of foolishness.

  8. Etymology: From simplicite, from simplicitas, from simplex; see simple.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Simplicitynoun

    Etymology: simplicitas, Latin; simplicitè, French.

    The sweet-minded Philoclea was in their degree of well doing, to whom the not knowing of evil serveth for a ground of virtue, and hold their inward powers in better form, with an unspotted simplicity, than many who rather cunningly seek to know what goodness is, than willingly take unto themselves the following of it. Philip Sidney.

    In low simplicity,
    He lends out money gratis, and brings down
    The rate of usance. William Shakespeare.

    Marquis Dorset, a man for his harmless simplicity, neither misliked nor much regarded, was created Duke. Haywood.

    Suspicion sleeps
    At wisdom’s gate, and to simplicity
    Resigns her charge. John Milton.

    Of manners gentle, of affections mild;
    In wit a man, simplicity a child. Alexander Pope.

    Beauty is their own,
    The feeling heart, simplicity of life,
    And elegance and taste. James Thomson, Summer.

    The native elegance and simplicity of her manners, were accompanied with real benevolence of heart. Female Quixote.

    They keep the reverend simplicity of ancienter times. Richard Hooker.

    Those enter into farther speculations herein, which is the itch of curiosity, and content not themselves with the simplicity of that doctrine, within which this church hath contained herself. Henry Hammond, Fundamentals.

    They represent our poet, when he left Mantua for Rome, dressed in his best habit, too fine for the place whence he came, and yet retaining part of its simplicity. Dryden.

    Mandrakes afford a papaverous and unpleasant odour in the leaf or apple, as is discoverable in their simplicity and mixture. Thomas Browne, Vulg. Errours.

    We are led to conceive that great machine of the world, to have been once in a state of greater simplicity than now it is, as to conceive a watch once in its first and simple materials. Burnet.

    Many that know what they should do, would nevertheless dissemble it, and to excuse themselves, pretend ignorance and simplicity, which now they cannot. Richard Hooker.

    How long ye simple ones will ye love simplicity? and fools hate knowledge? Prov. i. 22.

Wikipedia

  1. Simplicity

    Simplicity is the state or quality of being simple. Something easy to understand or explain seems simple, in contrast to something complicated. Alternatively, as Herbert A. Simon suggests, something is simple or complex depending on the way we choose to describe it. In some uses, the label "simplicity" can imply beauty, purity, or clarity. In other cases, the term may suggest a lack of nuance or complexity relative to what is required. The concept of simplicity is related to the field of epistemology and philosophy of science (e.g., in Occam's razor). Religions also reflect on simplicity with concepts such as divine simplicity. In human lifestyles, simplicity can denote freedom from excessive possessions or distractions, such as having a simple living style.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Simplicitynoun

    the quality or state of being simple, unmixed, or uncompounded; as, the simplicity of metals or of earths

  2. Simplicitynoun

    the quality or state of being not complex, or of consisting of few parts; as, the simplicity of a machine

  3. Simplicitynoun

    artlessness of mind; freedom from cunning or duplicity; lack of acuteness and sagacity

  4. Simplicitynoun

    freedom from artificial ornament, pretentious style, or luxury; plainness; as, simplicity of dress, of style, or of language; simplicity of diet; simplicity of life

  5. Simplicitynoun

    freedom from subtlety or abstruseness; clearness; as, the simplicity of a doctrine; the simplicity of an explanation or a demonstration

  6. Simplicitynoun

    weakness of intellect; silliness; folly

  7. Etymology: [F. simplicit, L. simplicitas. See Simple.]

Freebase

  1. Simplicity

    Simplicity is the state or quality of being simple. It usually relates to the burden which a thing puts on someone trying to explain or understand it. Something which is easy to understand or explain is simple, in contrast to something complicated. Alternatively, as Herbert A. Simon suggested, something is simple or complex depending on the way we choose to describe it... In some uses, simplicity can be used to imply beauty, purity, or clarity. Simplicity may also be used in a negative connotation to denote a deficit or insufficiency of nuance or complexity of a thing, relative to what is supposed to be required. The concept of simplicity has been related to truth in the field of epistemology. According to Occam's razor, all other things being equal, the simplest theory is the most likely to be true. In the context of human lifestyle, simplicity can denote freedom from hardship, effort or confusion. Specifically, it can refer to a simple living lifestyle. Simplicity is a theme in the Christian religion. According to St. Thomas Aquinas, God is infinitely simple. The Roman Catholic and Anglican religious orders of Franciscans also strive after simplicity. Members of the Religious Society of Friends practice the Testimony of Simplicity, which is the simplifying of one's life in order to focus on things that are most important and disregard or avoid things that are least important.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of simplicity in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of simplicity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of simplicity in a Sentence

  1. Bruce Lee:

    True refinement seeks simplicity.

  2. Secretary Wilkie:

    In the case of Jefferson Davis, we must tell America the truth about the complicated man who carried with Jefferson Davis the dreams of Southern independence, jefferson Davis life was the reflection of the simplicity and perseverance of a proud people ; men and women who endured the horror of defeat and its equally hellish aftermath ; men and women who through their Christian prism understood the fall of man and the imperfection of human institutions -- that not all of man's noble experiments succeed.

  3. Alex Bertolini:

    Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication - Leonardo DaVinci

  4. Dorothy L. Sayers:

    The English language has a deceptive air of simplicity so have some little frocks but they are both not the kind of thing you can run up in half an hour with a machine.

  5. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    Simplicity is the best strategy. Reciprocity is the best policy.

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