Simple Definition of simple
: not hard to understand or do
: having few parts : not complex or fancy
: not special or unusual
Full Definition of simple
1 : free from guile : innocent
2a : free from vanity : modestb : free from ostentation or display <a simple outfit>
3 : of humble origin or modest position <a simple farmer>
5a : sheer, unmixed <simple honesty>b : free of secondary complications <a simple vitamin deficiency>c (1) : having only one main clause and no subordinate clauses <a simple sentence> (2) of a subject or predicate : having no modifiers, complements, or objectsd : constituting a basic element : fundamentale : not made up of many like units <a simple eye>
6 : free from elaboration or figuration <simple harmony>
7a (1) : not subdivided into branches or leaflets <a simple stem> <a simple leaf> (2) : consisting of a single carpel (3) : developing from a single ovary <a simple fruit>b : controlled by a single gene <simple inherited characters>
8 : not limited or restricted : unconditional <a simple obligation>
simplenessplay \-pəl-nəs\ noun
Examples of simple in a sentence
The solution to the problem was relatively simple.
The answer is really quite simple.
There are three simple steps to follow.
The camera is simple to use.
Don't go into too much detail in the report. Just keep it simple and to the point.
The melody is very simple.
I'm a simple farmer just trying to make a living.
He enjoys the simple pleasure of spending time with his wife and kids after work.
Relaxing on the beach and watching the sunset is one of life's simple pleasures.
Synonym Discussion of simple
synonyms see in addition easy
Definition of simple
2a : a medicinal plantb : a vegetable drug having only one ingredient
3 : one component of a complex; specifically : an unanalyzable constituent
First Known Use of simple
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Definition of simple for Students
1 : not hard to understand or solve <a simple task>
3 : lacking in education, experience, or intelligence <The queen was really a simple soul and always … had done nothing except state the overly obvious. — Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux>
4 : not complex or fancy <She wore simple clothing.>
6 : not rich or important <simple folk>
7 : without qualification : sheer <the simple truth>
Medical Definition of simple
1: free from complexity or difficulty: asa: easily treated or cured <a simple vitamin deficiency>b: controlled by a single gene <simple inherited characters>
2: of, relating to, or being an epithelium in which the cells are arranged in a single layer
Medical Definition of simple
1: a medicinal plant
2: a vegetable drug having only one ingredient
Legal Definition of simple
1 : oral or written but not under seal or of record
2 : not extreme, aggravated, or complicated <simple kidnapping>
3 : having no limitations or restrictions — see also fee simple
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