simplicity

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

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From Old French simplicite, from Latin simplicitas, from simplex(simple). See simple.

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simplicity (countable and uncountable, plural simplicities)

  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.
    • 2013 August 3, “Boundary problems”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8847:
      Economics is a messy discipline: too fluid to be a science, too rigorous to be an art. Perhaps it is fitting that economists’ most-used metric, gross domestic product (GDP), is a tangle too. GDP measures the total value of output in an economic territory. Its apparent simplicity explains why it is scrutinised down to tenths of a percentage point every month.
  2. (archaic, rare) An act or instance of foolishness.

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