sim·​ple·​mind·​ed | \ ˌsim-pəl-ˈmīn-dəd How to pronounce simpleminded (audio) , 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.
Recent Examples on the Web 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

1749, in the meaning defined above

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“Simpleminded.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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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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