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simpleness

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of simpleness

  1. 1 the quality or state of being simple and sincere <the simpleness of the villagers was so disarming that she temporarily abandoned her natural cynicism> Synonyms artlessness, greenness, guilelessness, ingenuousness, innocence, naiveness, naivety (also naïvety) [chiefly British], naturalness, simplemindedness, naïveté, simplicity, unsophistication, unworldliness, viridityRelated Words candor, frankness, genuineness, honesty, openness, sincerity, straightforwardness, unaffectedness, unpretentiousness; callowness, childishness, coltishness, inexperience, rawness; insularity, parochialism, provincialism; carelessness, heedlessness, thoughtlessness; ignorance, obliviousness, unawareness; credulity, credulousness, gullibility, impressionability; idealism, impracticality, optimismNear Antonyms affectedness, artificiality, pretentiousness; deviousness, dishonesty, insincerity; disbelief, doubtfulness, incredulity, suspiciousness; carefulness, caution, street smarts, wariness; pessimism, skepticism; maturityAntonyms artfulness, cynicism, knowingness, sophistication, worldliness

  2. 2 the quality or state of lacking intelligence or quickness of mind <we must always remember that the often frustrating simpleness of the mentally challenged does not alter the fact that they deserve respect> Synonyms boneheadedness, brainlessness, denseness, density, dim-wittedness, doltishness, dopiness, dorkiness, dullness (also dulness), dumbness, fatuity, foolishness, gormlessness [chiefly British], mindlessness, oafishness, obtuseness, senselessness, stupidity, slowness, stupidness, thickness, vacuity, weak-mindedness, witlessnessRelated Words feeblemindedness, simplemindedness; absurdity, asininity, balminess, craziness, daftness, dippiness, dottiness, fatuousness, folly, idiocy, inaneness, inanity, insanity, lunacy, madness, nincompoopery, nonsensicalness, nuttiness, preposterousness, silliness, simplicity, wackiness, zaniness; fallacy, irrationality, unreasonableness; mental deficiency, mental retardationNear Antonyms acumen, alertness, astuteness, discernment, insight, judgment (or judgement), perception, percipience, perspicacity; sagacity, sageness, sapience, wisdom, wit; logicality, logicalness, rationality, rationalness, reasonableness, soundness, validityAntonyms braininess, brightness, brilliance, cleverness, intelligence, keenness, quickness, quick-wittedness, sharpness, smartness

  3. 3 readiness to believe the claims of others without sufficient evidence <there's a good-hearted simpleness about her that makes her easy prey for scams> Synonyms credulousness, gullibility, naiveness, naïveté (also naivete or naiveté), credulityRelated Words artlessness, simplicity, unsophistication, unwariness, unworldliness; belief, credibility, faith, trustNear Antonyms sophistication, worldliness; distrust, misdoubt, mistrust, suspicion, suspiciousness, wariness; doubt, uncertaintyAntonyms incredulity, skepticism




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