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Definition of 'simple'


  1. any herbaceous plant having medicinal properties
  2. a person lacking intelligence or common sense
       Synonyms: simpleton


  1. having few parts; not complex or complicated or involved; "a simple problem"; "simple mechanisms"; "a simple design"; "a simple substance"
       Antonyms: complex
  2. easy and not involved or complicated; "an elementary problem in statistics"; "elementary, my dear Watson"; "a simple game"; "found an uncomplicated solution to the problem"
       Synonyms: elementary uncomplicated unproblematic
  3. apart from anything else; without additions or modifications; "only the bare facts"; "shocked by the mere idea"; "the simple passage of time was enough"; "the simple truth"
       Synonyms: bare mere
  4. exhibiting childlike simplicity and credulity; "childlike trust"; "dewy-eyed innocence"; "listened in round-eyed wonder"
       Synonyms: childlike wide-eyed round-eyed dewy-eyed
  5. lacking mental capacity and devoid of subtlety
       Synonyms: dim-witted half-witted simple-minded
  6. (botany) of leaf shapes; of leaves having no divisions or subdivisions
       Synonyms: unsubdivided
       Antonyms: compound
  7. unornamented; "a simple country schoolhouse"; "her black dress--simple to austerity"

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