Definition of Simple

1. Noun. Any herbaceous plant having medicinal properties.

Language type: Archaicism, Archaism
Generic synonyms: Herb, Herbaceous Plant

2. Adjective. Having few parts; not complex or complicated or involved. "A simple substance"

3. Noun. A person lacking intelligence or common sense.

4. Adjective. Easy and not involved or complicated. "Found an uncomplicated solution to the problem"
Exact synonyms: Elementary, Uncomplicated, Unproblematic
Similar to: Easy
Derivative terms: Simpleness, Simplicity

5. Adjective. Apart from anything else; without additions or modifications. "The simple truth"
Exact synonyms: Bare, Mere
Similar to: Plain

6. Adjective. Exhibiting childlike simplicity and credulity. "Listened in round-eyed wonder"
Exact synonyms: Childlike, Dewy-eyed, Round-eyed, Wide-eyed
Similar to: Naif, Naive
Derivative terms: Simpleness, Simplicity

7. Adjective. Lacking mental capacity and subtlety.
Exact synonyms: Dim-witted, Simple-minded
Similar to: Retarded
Derivative terms: Simpleness, Simplicity

8. Adjective. (botany) of leaf shapes; of leaves having no divisions or subdivisions.

9. Adjective. Unornamented. "Her black dress--simple to austerity"
Similar to: Plain
Derivative terms: Simpleness, Simplicity

Definition of Simple

1. a. Single; not complex; not infolded or entangled; uncombined; not compounded; not blended with something else; not complicated; as, a simple substance; a simple idea; a simple sound; a simple machine; a simple problem; simple tasks.

2. n. Something not mixed or compounded.

3. v. i. To gather simples, or medicinal plants.

Definition of Simple

1. Adjective. Uncomplicated; taken by itself, with nothing added. ¹

2. Adjective. Without ornamentation; plain. ¹

3. Adjective. Free from duplicity; guileless, innocent, straightforward. ¹

4. Adjective. Undistinguished in social condition; of no special rank. ¹

5. Adjective. (rare) Trivial; insignificant. ¹

6. Adjective. (context: now colloquial) Feeble-minded; foolish. ¹

7. Adjective. (chemistry) Consisting of one single substance; uncompounded. ¹

8. Adjective. (mathematics) Of a group: having no normal subgroup. ¹

9. Adjective. (botany) Not compound, but possibly lobed. ¹

10. Noun. (medicine) A preparation made from one plant, as opposed to something made from more than one plant. ¹

11. Noun. (logic) A simple or atomic proposition ¹

12. Verb. (transitive intransitive archaic) To gather simples, ie, medicinal herbs. ¹

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Definition of Simple

1. not complex or complicated [adj SIMPLER, SIMPLEST] / something that is simple [n -S]

Medical Definition of Simple

1. Undivided, of a leaf, not divided into leaflets, of a hair or an inflorescence, not branched. (09 Oct 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Simple

simple (current term)
simple-central anisocoria
simple English
simple absence
simple anchorage
simple anisocoria
simple beam
simple bone cyst
simple closed curve

Literary usage of Simple

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke (1894)
"OF simple IDEAS. BOOK ni THE better to understand the nature, manner, and extent of our knowledge, one thing is carefully to be observed concerning the ..."

2. An essay concerning human understanding by John Locke (1823)
"I proceed now to examine some of these simple ideas, and their modes, ... Made by the mind out of simple ones.—We have hitherto considered those ideas, ..."

3. A Treatise on Human Nature: Being an Attempt to Introduce the Experimental by David Hume, Thomas Hill Green, Thomas Hodge Grose (1882)
"Existence is given in the simple idea, existence equals the real, therefore the real is ... 7 he makes the grand distinction between ' the simple ideas ..."

4. A Treatise of Human Nature: Being an Attempt to Introduce the Experimental by David Hume (1890)
"Between these two meanings of existence—its mean- ^f£°n~f ing as interchangeable with simple consciousness, and its these two meaning as reality—Locke ..."

5. Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant, John Miller Dow Meiklejohn (1899)
"SECOND CONFLICT OF THE TRANSCENDENTAL IDEAS Thesis Antithesis Every composite substance in the world consists of simple parts ; and there exists nothing ..."

6. Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant, John Miller Dow Meiklejohn (1899)
"SECOND CONFLICT OF THE TRANSCENDENTAL IDEAS Thesis Every composite substance in the world consists of simple part*; and there exists nothing that is not ..."

7. The Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle by Aristotle, Frank Hesketh Peters (1886)
"Some people, indeed, go so far as to think that i Tot'identical simple ... f J . effected by But this simple requital does not correspond either 2 money, ..."

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