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
Recent Examples on the Web There was a righteous simplicity in the chesty, vibrato-heavy singing that blared from the car’s old speakers, Polachek thought. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, 10 Sep. 2021 What’s easy to love about the SEKTION base cabinet is its simplicity and economic use of space–this fits perfectly in an odd spot in any office and can help keep your desk free from clutter. Landon Pemper, Chron, 13 May 2021 There is simplicity in the garments compared to previous seasons. Luke Leitch, Vogue, 13 Apr. 2021 What's admirable about this particular rice bowl ($14), aside from its generous portion, is its appealing simplicity. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, 26 Mar. 2021 The beauty of the game is its simplicity and its speed. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 21 Nov. 2020 Originally presented on model Awar Odhiang during July's show, which marked the Balenciaga brand's first couture collection since 1968, the gown was striking in its simplicity. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 27 Aug. 2021 Given its simplicity, low cost and the ready availability of its ingredients, bread dough has potential not only for crop protection in the United States but also for developing countries where access to pesticides is limited by cost. oregonlive, 24 Aug. 2021 Sudoku's appeal was its simplicity: Only the numbers 1 through 9 were used, none of the numbers could be repeated in a row of the nine-by-nine square and no math was required. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 17 Aug. 2021

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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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The first known use of simplicity was in the 14th century

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“Simplicity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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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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