Definition of simplicity in English:

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Pronunciation: /simˈplisədē/


1The quality or condition of being easy to understand or do: for the sake of simplicity, this chapter will concentrate on one theory
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  • Surely, the other argument is that due to their simplicity, blogs are easier to customise and fit in with complex designs.
  • Their high energy and simplicity make them easy to absorb and enjoy, but also bring them to the brink of monotony.
  • The joy of opposition is its simplicity; Ukrainians understood what we opposed and stood side by side with us.
clarity, clearness, plainness, simpleness, intelligibility, comprehensibility, understandability, accessibility, straightforwardness
1.1The quality or condition of being plain or natural: the grandeur and simplicity of Roman architecture
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  • We've tried to keep to some of the basic color scheme and, I hope, the relative simplicity of the design.
  • The final design emphasizes its simplicity, heavily relying on upstage lighting technique and set movement.
  • The current design stresses speed and simplicity but it's become very cluttered over the years.
plainness, lack/absence of adornment, lack/absence of decoration, austerity, spareness, clean lines
unpretentiousness, ordinariness, lack of sophistication, lack of affectation, naturalness
1.2A thing that is plain, natural, or easy to understand: the simplicities of pastoral living
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  • All of which makes one nostalgic for the simplicities of the Second World War, when war correspondents on both sides were expected to be unquestioning patriots.
  • He has had a four-decade-long artistic career that spans a seismic shift in the character of New Zealand society: the shift from monolithic simplicities to multicultural complexity.
  • The responses of some are unsettling and go far beyond the simplicities of political satire.
straightforwardness, ease, easiness, simpleness, effortlessness


be simplicity itself

Be extremely easy.
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  • This superb recipe is simplicity itself but it is easier if you know that eight anchovy fillets constitute a 50g tin.
  • He scored three goals, all of which were simplicity itself, to take his tally for the season to nine and his presence will make his side a real force in the Conference this season.
  • Their goal came in the 43rd minute and it was simplicity itself.


Late Middle English: from Old French simplicite or Latin simplicitas, from simplex (see simplex).

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Syllabification: sim·plic·i·ty

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