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definition of the word simple

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Rank of this word in the English language, from analyzing texts from Project Gutenberg.
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< Middle English simple < Old French and French simple < Latin simplex (simple, literally 'onefold', as opposed to duplex, twofold, double) < sim- (the same) + plicare (to fold): see same and ply. Cf. single, singular, simultaneous, etc.

simple (comparative simpler, superlative simplest)




  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. (colloquial) Feeble-minded.
  3. (mathematics, of a group) Having no normal subgroup.
  4. (mathematics, of a Lie group) Having no connected normal subgroup.

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