Simplicity Sim*plic"i*ty, n. [F. simplicit['e], L. simplicitas. See {Simple}.] 1. The quality or state of being simple, unmixed, or uncompounded; as, the simplicity of metals or of earths. [1913 Webster]

2. The quality or state of being not complex, or of consisting of few parts; as, the simplicity of a machine. [1913 Webster]

3. Artlessness of mind; freedom from cunning or duplicity; lack of acuteness and sagacity. [1913 Webster]

Marquis Dorset, a man, for his harmless simplicity neither misliked nor much regarded. --Hayward. [1913 Webster]

In wit a man; simplicity a child. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

4. Freedom from artificial ornament, pretentious style, or luxury; plainness; as, simplicity of dress, of style, or of language; simplicity of diet; simplicity of life. [1913 Webster]

5. Freedom from subtlety or abstruseness; clearness; as, the simplicity of a doctrine; the simplicity of an explanation or a demonstration. [1913 Webster]

6. Weakness of intellect; silliness; folly. [1913 Webster]

How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning? --Prov. i. 22. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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