simplicity

noun
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

His simplicity and humility is always praiseworthy. Aya Batrawy, The Seattle Times, "Pope caps visit to Arabian Peninsula with historic Mass," 5 Feb. 2019 The glory of the Rivet Fold Modern Ottoman Sofa Bed is its simplicity. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "Believe It: This Small Ottoman Turns Into A Sofa Bed," 25 Jan. 2019 The beauty of the compact 4-inch machine is its simplicity. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "I Can’t Sleep Without My Big Red Rooster White Noise Machine," 11 Jan. 2019 Part of the design is very Danish in the sense of its straightforward simplicity. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "All About Monies, the 45-Year-Old Danish Jewelry Brand Landing at Dover Street Market Just in Time for the Holidays," 20 Nov. 2018 But despite their simplicity, EVs still cost a lot of money to make because the cost of the battery is still high, Betts says. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Automakers are tapping nostalgia to promote electric cars — and it’s working," 25 Aug. 2018 An advantage that hockey possesses over football is its simplicity. John Kelly, Washington Post, "We may be champions now, but ice hockey got off to a rough start in Washington," 11 June 2018 The Gospel then tends to be reduced and constricted, deprived of its simplicity, allure and savor. Thomas Reese, Houston Chronicle, "Pope Francis warns of two false paths to holiness," 12 May 2018 Houston won 65 games this season, most in the NBA, on the strength of an offense that confounds with its simplicity. Lee Jenkins, SI.com, "Space City: How Faith Fuels the Rockets' Explosive Offense," 1 May 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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simplicity

noun

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

simplicity

noun
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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