sim·​ple·​mind·​ed ˌsim-pəl-ˈmīn-dəd How to pronounce simpleminded (audio)
: devoid of subtlety : unsophisticated
also : foolish
simplemindedly adverb
simplemindedness noun

Examples of simpleminded in a Sentence

a superstitious and very simpleminded man He took a simpleminded approach to the problem.
Recent Examples on the Web Tranquillity, often simple but rarely simpleminded, may be Ruscha’s essential quality as an artist. Jackson Arn, The New Yorker, 2 Oct. 2023 But in general election terms, impeachment is a boon for the Democrats, which is why McCarthy is desperately trying to slow-walk these simpleminded drives for vengeance. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 7 July 2023 American democracy, as in the Electoral College, accommodates considerations more complex than simpleminded majoritarianism. George Will,, 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, 22 June 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1749, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of simpleminded was in 1749

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Cite this Entry

“Simpleminded.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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sim·​ple·​mind·​ed ˌsim-pəl-ˈmīn-dəd How to pronounce simpleminded (audio)
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