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Dictionary Definition

simple adj
1 having few parts; not complex or complicated or involved; "a simple problem"; "simple mechanisms"; "a simple design"; "a simple substance" [ant: 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" [syn: 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" [syn: bare(a), mere(a), simple(a)]
4 exhibiting childlike simplicity and credulity; "childlike trust"; "dewy-eyed innocence"; "simple courtesy" [syn: childlike, wide-eyed, dewy-eyed]
5 lacking mental capacity and devoid of subtlety [syn: dim-witted, half-witted, simple-minded]
6 (botany) of leaf shapes; of leaves having no divisions or subdivisions [syn: unsubdivided] [ant: compound]
7 not elaborate in style; unornamented; "a simple country schoolhouse"; "her black dress--simple to austerity"


1 any herbaceous plant having medicinal properties
2 a person lacking intelligence or common sense [syn: simpleton]

User Contributed Dictionary



From French simple, from Latin simplex


  • /ˈsɪmpl/
  • Rhymes: -ɪmpəl
  • Hyphenation: sim·ple


  1. Having few parts or features; having no special features.
    • 2001, Sydney I. Landau, Dictionaries: The Art and Craft of Lexicography, Cambridge University Press (ISBN 0-521-78512-X), page 167,
      There is no simple way to define precisely a complex arrangement of parts, however homely the object may appear to be.
  2. Feeble-minded.
  3. Having no normal subgroup.
  4. Having no connected normal subgroup.


  • Arabic:
  • Bulgarian: прост
  • Chinese: (jiǎndān)
  • Czech: jednoduchý
  • Dutch: eenvoudig, simpel
  • Esperanto: simpla
  • Finnish: yksinkertainen (simppeli, slang)
  • French: simple
  • German: einfach, simpel
  • Hungarian: egyszerű
  • Italian: semplice
  • Japanese: 簡単な (kantan na), 単純な (tanjun na)
  • Korean: 간단한 (gandanhan)
  • Kurdish:
    Sorani: ئاسان, ساکار
  • Latin: simplex
  • Novial: simpli
  • Portuguese: simples
  • Romanian: simplu
  • Russian: простой
  • Slovene: preprost, enostaven
  • Spanish: simple
  • Swedish: enkel
  • Telugu: సరళమైన (saraLamaina)

Related terms


  1. In the context of "jargon|medicine": A preparation made from one plant, as opposed to something made from more than one plant.


  • Spanish: simple



  1. simply



  • /s̃ɛpl/
  • SAMPA: /sE~pl/


  1. simple
  2. one-way
    Un billet simple.
    A one-way ticket.







  1. simpleton, fool
  2. (pharmacology, masculine) simple

Extensive Definition

Simple may refer to:
In Technology:

See also

  • Simplicity, the property possessed by things that are simple
  • Simple English Wikipedia, a version of Wikipedia that uses simpler English language, for students, teachers, translators, and non-native speakers
simple in German: SIMPLE
simple in French: Simple
simple in Russian: Simple

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