simplicity
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /sɪmˈplɪsɪti/
Noun

simplicity

  1. The state or quality of being simple
    1. The quality or state of being unmixed or uncompounded
      as, the simplicity of metals or of earths
    2. The quality or state of being not complex, or of consisting of few parts
      the simplicity of a machine
    3. Lack of sharpness of mind; lack of ability to think using complex ideas; stupidity
    4. Lack of artificial ornament, pretentious style, or luxury; plainness
      simplicity of dress, of style, or of language
      simplicity of diet
      simplicity of life
    5. Freedom from subtlety or abstruseness; clarity
      the simplicity of a doctrine
      the simplicity of an explanation or a demonstration
    6. Freedom from complication; efficiency.
  2. (archaic, rare) An act or instance of foolishness.
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 31, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes, […], book II, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821 ↗:
      speaking of the great simplicity we commit, in leaving yong children under the government and charge of their fathers and parents.
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