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adjective (simpler, simplest)
1easily understood or done; presenting no difficulty:a simple solution camcorders are now so simple to operate plain, basic, or uncomplicated in form, nature, or design; without much decoration or ornamentation:a simple white blouse the house is furnished in a simple country style [attributive] used to emphasize the fundamental and straightforward nature of something:the simple truth 2composed of a single element; not compound. Mathematics denoting a group that has no proper normal subgroup. Botany (of a leaf or stem) not divided or branched. (of a lens, microscope, etc.) consisting of a single lens or component. (in English grammar) denoting a tense formed without an auxiliary, e.g., sang as opposed to was singing. (of interest) payable on the sum loaned only. Compare with compound1. 3of or characteristic of low rank or status; humble and unpretentious:a simple Buddhist monk 4of low or abnormally low intelligence.
noun chiefly historical
a medicinal herb, or a medicine made from one:the gatherers of simples