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

Examples of simplicity in a Sentence

People like the simplicity of the instructions. the simplicity of the music
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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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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