Meaning of SIMPLICITY in English



Pronunciation: sim- ' pli-s ə -t ē , - ' plis-t ē

Function: noun

Inflected Form: plural -ties

Etymology: Middle English simplicite, from Anglo-French simplicité, from Latin simplicitat-, simplicitas, from simplic-, simplex

Date: 14th century

1 : the state of being simple, uncomplicated, or uncompounded

2 a : lack of subtlety or penetration : INNOCENCE , NAIVETÉ b : FOLLY , SILLINESS

3 : freedom from pretense or guile : CANDOR

4 a : directness of expression : CLARITY b : restraint in ornamentation : AUSTERITY

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.