sim·​ple·​mind·​ed | \ˌsim-pəl-ˈmīn-dəd, ˈsim-pəl-ˌmīn-\

Definition of simpleminded 

: devoid of subtlety : unsophisticated also : foolish

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Other Words from simpleminded

simplemindedly adverb
simplemindedness noun

Examples of simpleminded in a Sentence

a superstitious and very simpleminded man He took a simpleminded approach to the problem.

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American democracy, as in the Electoral College, accommodates considerations more complex than simpleminded majoritarianism. George Will,, "The president who knew too little about the Electoral College," 3 May 2018 And with a smirking Clint Eastwood as the soldier, the story—which Cullinan told entirely from the points of view of the women—became a simpleminded demonstration of how devious women are. Charles Taylor, Newsweek, "Review 'The Beguiled': In Sofia Coppola's Movie, Female Sexuality Collides With Notions of Gentility," 22 June 2017

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First Known Use of simpleminded

1601, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of simpleminded

: not very intelligent

: having or showing a lack of good sense or judgment

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playful or foolish behavior

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