sim·​plic·​i·​ty | \ sim-ˈpli-sə-tē How to pronounce simplicity (audio) , -ˈpli-stē\
plural simplicities

Definition of simplicity

1 : the state of being simple, uncomplicated, or uncompounded
2a : lack of subtlety or penetration : innocence, naiveté
3 : freedom from pretense or guile : candor
4a : directness of expression : clarity
b : restraint in ornamentation : austerity

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Examples of simplicity in a Sentence

People like the simplicity of the instructions. the simplicity of the music

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The idea is appealing in its simplicity, and appears to be working. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "The Promise and Problem of Fake Meat," 7 June 2019 One star dish is menemen, scrambled eggs with tomatoes, exquisite in its simplicity. Lorna Probst, WSJ, "Four Souvenirs to Scoop Up in Istanbul," 4 June 2019 The beauty of this confit-ish shortcut is its simplicity. Alison Roman, New York Times, "The Chicken Isn’t Even the Best Part," 3 June 2019 Prior to his time in Afghanistan, our family life in Milford, DE, was beautiful in its simplicity. Colleen Johnson, Woman's Day, "How My Veteran Husband Copes with His War Injuries," 19 May 2019 Vine's brilliance—short looping videos that lend themselves to playful tomfoolery and significantly less so to fake news, harassment, or the dreaded 'discourse'—was in its simplicity. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "The Only Good Part of the Internet Is Coming Back," 8 Nov. 2018 Yet Brantmark is quick to point out that the beauty of fika is in its simplicity. Rachel Jacoby Zoldan, SELF, "The 8 Best Lessons I Learned Living the Lagom Life," 31 Oct. 2018 To 2018 eyes, this routine seems minimalist, even monkish in its simplicity. Leeann Duggan, Glamour, "I Tried an 8-Step $400 Luxury Skin Care Routine…for My Vagina," 25 Oct. 2018 That might not be as involved or exciting as some viewers' wildest dreams, but given Westworld's habit of manifesting human consciousness in increasingly outlandish ways, the simplicity is a relief. Sandra Upson, WIRED, "Westworld Recap, Season 2 Episode 9: The Many Lives of the Man in Black," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of simplicity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for simplicity

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

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English Language Learners Definition of simplicity

: 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


sim·​plic·​i·​ty | \ sim-ˈpli-sə-tē How to pronounce simplicity (audio) \
plural simplicities

Kids Definition of simplicity

1 : the quality or state of being simple or plain and not complicated or difficult
2 : sincerity
3 : directness or clearness in speaking or writing

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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