(Sim"pless) n. [F. simplesse.] Simplicity; silliness. [Obs.] Spenser.
(Sim"ple*ton) n. [Cf. F. simplet, It. semplicione.] A person of weak intellect; a silly person.
(Sim*pli"cian) n. [Cf. OF. simplicien.] One who is simple. [Obs.] Arnway.
(Sim*plic"i*ty) n. [F. simplicité, L. simplicitas. See Simple.]
1. The quality or state of being simple, unmixed, or uncompounded; as, the simplicity of metals or of
2. The quality or state of being not complex, or of consisting of few parts; as, the simplicity of a machine.
3. Artlessness of mind; freedom from cunning or duplicity; lack of acuteness and sagacity.
Marquis Dorset, a man, for his harmless simplicity neither misliked nor much regarded.Hayward.
In wit a man; simplicity a child.Pope.
4. Freedom from artificial ornament, pretentious style, or luxury; plainness; as, simplicity of dress, of
style, or of language; simplicity of diet; simplicity of life.
5. Freedom from subtlety or abstruseness; clearness; as, the simplicity of a doctrine; the simplicity of an
explanation or a demonstration.
6. Weakness of intellect; silliness; folly.
How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning?Prov. i.
(Sim`pli*fi*ca"tion) n. [Cf. F. simplification.] The act of simplifying. A. Smith.
(Sim"pli*fy) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Simplified ; p. pr. & vb. n. Simplifying ] [Cf. F. simplifier,
LL. simplificare. See Simple, and -fy.] To make simple; to make less complex; to make clear by giving
the explanation for; to show an easier or shorter process for doing or making.
The collection of duties is drawn to a point, and so far simplified.A. Hamilton.
It is important, in scientific pursuits, to be caitious in simplifying our deductions.W. Nicholson.
(Sim"plist) n. One skilled in simples, or medicinal plants; a simpler. Sir T. Browne.
(Sim*plis"tic) a. Of or pertaining to simples, or a simplist. [R.] Wilkinson.
(Sim"pli*ty) n. Simplicity. [Obs.]