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English adjective: simple

1. simple having few parts; not complex or complicated or involved


SamplesA simple problem.
Simple mechanisms.
A simple design.
A simple substance.


Similarsimplex, simplistic, unanalyzable, uncomplicated, undecomposable, unsophisticated


See alsoeasy, plain, simple, unsubdivided


Attributecomplexity, complexness


Antonymscomplex

2. simple easy and not involved or complicated


SamplesAn elementary problem in statistics.
Elementary, my dear Watson.
A simple game.
Found an uncomplicated solution to the problem.


Synonymselementary, uncomplicated, unproblematic


Similareasy


Antonymsdifficult, hard

3. simple apart from anything else; without additions or modifications


SamplesOnly the bare facts.
Shocked by the mere idea.
The simple passage of time was enough.
The simple truth.


Synonymsbare, mere


Similarplain


Antonymsfancy

4. simple exhibiting childlike simplicity and credulity


SamplesChildlike trust.
Dewy-eyed innocence.
Listened in round-eyed wonder.


Synonymschildlike, dewy-eyed, round-eyed, wide-eyed


Similarnaif, naive


Antonymssophisticated

5. simple lacking mental capacity and subtlety


Synonymsdim-witted, simple-minded


Similarretarded


Antonymsprecocious

6. simple (botany) of leaf shapes; of leaves having no divisions or subdivisions


Synonymsunsubdivided


Similaracerate, acerose, acicular, acuminate, apiculate, arrow-shaped, bladelike, caudate, cordate, cordiform, cuneate, deltoid, dolabrate, dolabriform, elliptic, elongate, ensiform, fiddle-shaped, five-needled, four-needled, hastate, heart-shaped, kidney-shaped, lancelike, lanceolate, linear, lyrate, needle-shaped, needled, oblanceolate, oblong, obovate, obtuse, orbicular, orbiculate, ovate, pandurate, panduriform, peltate, perfoliate, reniform, sagittate, sagittiform, shield-shaped, spatula-shaped, spatulate, spearhead-shaped, sword-shaped, swordlike, three-needled, two-needled, unlobed, wedge-shaped


See alsosimple, smooth


Domain categorybotany, phytology


Antonymscompound

7. simple unornamented


SamplesA simple country schoolhouse.
Her black dress--simple to austerity.


Similarplain


Antonymsfancy


English noun: simple

1. simple (plant) any herbaceous plant having medicinal properties


Broader (hypernym)herb, herbaceous plant


Domain usagearchaicism, archaism

2. simple (person) a person lacking intelligence or common sense


Synonymssimpleton


Broader (hypernym)individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul


Narrower (hyponym)airhead, boob, booby, changeling, cretin, dimwit, dingbat, dolt, doofus, dope, dullard, dumbbell, dummy, fool, forgetful person, half-wit, half-wit, idiot, idiot savant, imbecile, lame, moron, muggins, nebbech, nebbish, nincompoop, ninny, nitwit, pillock, pinhead, poop, poor fish, pudden-head, pudding head, retard, sap, saphead, scatterbrain, schlemiel, schlep, schlepper, schnook, sheep, shlemiel, shlep, shlepper, shnook, space cadet, square, stupe, stupid, stupid person, subnormal, tomfool, twerp, twirp, twit









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