simplicity

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noun sim·plic·i·ty \sim-ˈpli-sə-tē, -ˈpli-stē\

Definition of simplicity

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simplicities

  1. 1 :  the state of being simple, uncomplicated, or uncompounded

  2. 2a :  lack of subtlety or penetration :  innocence, naivetéb :  folly, silliness

  3. 3 :  freedom from pretense or guile :  candor

  4. 4a :  directness of expression :  clarityb :  restraint in ornamentation :  austerity

Examples of simplicity in a Sentence

  1. People like the simplicity of the instructions.

  2. the simplicity of the music

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Origin and Etymology of simplicity

Middle English simplicite, from Anglo-French simplicité, from Latin simplicitat-, simplicitas, from simplic-, simplex



SIMPLICITY Defined for English Language Learners

simplicity

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Definition of simplicity for English Language Learners

  • : the quality of being easy to understand or use

  • : the state or quality of being plain or not fancy or complicated

  • : something that is simple or ordinary but enjoyable


SIMPLICITY Defined for Kids

simplicity

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noun sim·plic·i·ty \sim-ˈpli-sə-tē\

Definition of simplicity for Students

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simplicities

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being simple or plain and not complicated or difficult

  2. 2 :  sincerity

  3. 3 :  directness or clearness in speaking or writing



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