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Synonyms for simple
ˈsɪm pəlsim·ple

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  1. simpleadjective


    compound, complicated, complex

  2. simpleadjective

    Uncomplicated; taken by itself, with nothing added.



  3. simpleadjective

    Without ornamentation; plain.


  4. simpleadjective

    Free from duplicity; guileless, innocent, straightforward.


  5. simpleadjective

    Undistinguished in social condition; of no special rank.


  6. simpleadjective

    Trivial; insignificant.


  7. simpleadjective

    Feeble-minded; foolish.


  8. simpleadjective

    Consisting of one single substance; uncompounded.


  9. simpleadjective

    Of a group: having no normal subgroup.


  10. simpleadjective

    Not compound, but possibly lobed.


English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. simple

    A candid statement is meant to be true to the real facts and just to all parties; a fair statement is really so. Fair is applied to the conduct; candid is not; as, fair treatment, "a fair field, and no favor." One who is frank has a fearless and unconstrained truthfulness. Honest and ingenuous unite in expressing contempt for deceit. On the other hand, artless, guileless, naive, simple, and unsophisticated express the goodness which comes from want of the knowledge or thought of evil. As truth is not always agreeable or timely, candid and frank have often an objectionable sense; "to be candid with you," "to be perfectly frank," are regarded as sure preludes to something disagreeable. Open and unreserved may imply unstudied truthfulness or defiant recklessness; as, open admiration, open robbery. There may be transparent integrity or transparent fraud. Sincere applies to the feelings, as being all that one's words would imply.

    aboveboard, artless, candid, fair, frank, guileless, honest, impartial, ingenuous, innocent, naive, open, sincere, straightforward, transparent, truthful, unbiased, unprejudiced, unreserved, unsophisticated

    adroit, artful, crafty, cunning, deceitful, designing, diplomatic, foxy, insincere, intriguing, knowing, maneuvering, sharp, shrewd, sly, subtle, tricky, wily

    Candid in debate; candid to or toward opponents; candid with friend or foe; to be candid about or in regard to the matter.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. simplenoun

    any herbaceous plant having medicinal properties


    pinnatifid, interlocking, pedate, thickening, palm-shaped, trilobated, convoluted, bilobed, fancy, tripinnate, trilobate, trifoliate, parted, bipinnatifid, cleft, odd-pinnate, trilobed, decompound, binate, composite, lobate, interlacing, labyrinthine, even-pinnate, difficult, palmatifid, mazy, labyrinthian, tangled, tortuous, bipartite, sophisticated, knotty, incised, ternate, interlinking, daedal, compound, pinnatisect, trifoliolate, palmate, analyzable, lobed, precocious, Gordian, dissected, hard, complicated, radiate, Byzantine, multifactorial, complex, abruptly-pinnate, multiplex, three-lobed, interwoven, bilobated, trifoliated, pinnate, tripinnated, decomposable, quinquefoliate, bipinnate, imparipinnate, conjugate, pinnated, involved, tripinnatifid, intricate, colonial, bilobate, paripinnate

  2. simpleton, simpleadjective

    a person lacking intelligence or common sense


    complex, cleft, hard, trilobed, quinquefoliate, compound, bilobed, bipinnate, trifoliolate, multifactorial, difficult, three-lobed, odd-pinnate, interwoven, palmatifid, knotty, bilobate, parted, trifoliate, daedal, pinnate, analyzable, tangled, tripinnated, sophisticated, interlocking, bipinnatifid, fancy, lobate, composite, trifoliated, tripinnatifid, Byzantine, interlinking, bipartite, thickening, bilobated, tripinnate, intricate, trilobated, incised, even-pinnate, imparipinnate, labyrinthian, complicated, pinnatisect, palmate, Gordian, decomposable, paripinnate, convoluted, precocious, colonial, labyrinthine, decompound, mazy, pinnated, abruptly-pinnate, dissected, lobed, conjugate, tortuous, palm-shaped, binate, pedate, pinnatifid, interlacing, involved, ternate, multiplex, trilobate, radiate

  3. simpleadjective

    having few parts; not complex or complicated or involved

    "a simple problem"; "simple mechanisms"; "a simple design"; "a simple substance"

    wide-eyed, dewy-eyed, simple-minded, dim-witted, elementary, unproblematic, simple(a), childlike, round-eyed, mere(a), unsubdivided, bare(a), uncomplicated

    mazy, trilobed, pedate, tangled, lobed, dissected, interlacing, incised, palm-shaped, bilobate, trifoliated, palmatifid, bipinnate, interlocking, cleft, sophisticated, thickening, tripinnatifid, pinnatifid, decompound, involved, paripinnate, precocious, complicated, odd-pinnate, Byzantine, three-lobed, tripinnated, analyzable, bilobed, radiate, trifoliolate, daedal, interlinking, interwoven, labyrinthine, tortuous, convoluted, difficult, binate, even-pinnate, decomposable, ternate, composite, bipinnatifid, multifactorial, bipartite, trifoliate, pinnated, knotty, bilobated, palmate, pinnate, tripinnate, multiplex, fancy, quinquefoliate, hard, Gordian, compound, trilobated, intricate, labyrinthian, complex, lobate, abruptly-pinnate, parted, colonial, pinnatisect, imparipinnate, conjugate, trilobate

  4. elementary, simple, uncomplicated, unproblematicadjective

    easy and not involved or complicated

    "an elementary problem in statistics"; "elementary, my dear Watson"; "a simple game"; "found an uncomplicated solution to the problem"

    uncomplicated, mere(a), simple(a), unproblematic, unsubdivided, dewy-eyed, round-eyed, elemental, bare(a), primary, elementary, dim-witted, childlike, simple-minded, unsophisticated, wide-eyed

    colonial, involved, palmate, imparipinnate, conjugate, trifoliated, pinnate, binate, compound, abruptly-pinnate, tripinnated, decomposable, paripinnate, precocious, interlinking, bipinnate, labyrinthian, palmatifid, pedate, complicated, trilobed, tangled, bilobate, knotty, complex, bipinnatifid, incised, trilobated, multiplex, pinnated, hard, odd-pinnate, parted, Gordian, mazy, interwoven, tortuous, intricate, tripinnate, composite, convoluted, three-lobed, cleft, difficult, daedal, trilobate, tripinnatifid, palm-shaped, dissected, ternate, interlacing, bipartite, multifactorial, pinnatisect, interlocking, analyzable, fancy, quinquefoliate, decompound, even-pinnate, lobate, bilobated, labyrinthine, trifoliolate, pinnatifid, lobed, thickening, sophisticated, Byzantine, bilobed, trifoliate, radiate

  5. bare(a), mere(a), simple(a)adjective

    apart from anything else; without additions or modifications

    "only the bare facts"; "shocked by the mere idea"; "the simple passage of time was enough"; "the simple truth"

    pinnatifid, paripinnate, trifoliolate, trifoliated, precocious, odd-pinnate, even-pinnate, thickening, bilobed, decomposable, imparipinnate, tripinnated, pinnate, complex, tripinnatifid, interlinking, labyrinthian, knotty, difficult, interlacing, tripinnate, binate, compound, cleft, incised, interwoven, bipinnate, palm-shaped, fancy, bipartite, pinnatisect, composite, hard, conjugate, trilobed, trifoliate, colonial, sophisticated, involved, radiate, intricate, Byzantine, analyzable, mazy, palmatifid, interlocking, dissected, convoluted, tangled, daedal, bilobated, bipinnatifid, abruptly-pinnate, trilobated, parted, multiplex, lobed, trilobate, palmate, three-lobed, labyrinthine, Gordian, lobate, complicated, multifactorial, pinnated, pedate, decompound, tortuous, ternate, quinquefoliate, bilobate

  6. childlike, wide-eyed, round-eyed, dewy-eyed, simpleadjective

    exhibiting childlike simplicity and credulity

    "childlike trust"; "dewy-eyed innocence"; "listened in round-eyed wonder"

    uncomplicated, mere(a), simple(a), unproblematic, unsubdivided, dewy-eyed, round-eyed, childly, bare(a), saucer-eyed, elementary, dim-witted, childlike, simple-minded, wide, wide-eyed

    analyzable, paripinnate, radiate, tortuous, bilobate, compound, multiplex, multifactorial, pinnate, palm-shaped, interlacing, trilobate, even-pinnate, tangled, quinquefoliate, trilobed, tripinnated, knotty, hard, trifoliated, trilobated, decompound, fancy, pinnatifid, three-lobed, sophisticated, conjugate, difficult, abruptly-pinnate, composite, bipartite, dissected, precocious, ternate, convoluted, palmate, thickening, bipinnate, interlinking, cleft, decomposable, complicated, pedate, interwoven, incised, trifoliolate, bilobated, Byzantine, bipinnatifid, binate, complex, lobate, Gordian, interlocking, pinnated, colonial, involved, mazy, labyrinthine, palmatifid, daedal, pinnatisect, lobed, tripinnate, parted, imparipinnate, bilobed, trifoliate, intricate, odd-pinnate, labyrinthian, tripinnatifid

  7. dim-witted, simple, simple-mindedadjective

    lacking mental capacity and subtlety

    wide-eyed, dewy-eyed, simple-minded, dim-witted, elementary, unproblematic, simple(a), childlike, round-eyed, mere(a), unsubdivided, bare(a), uncomplicated

    hard, daedal, intricate, radiate, pinnatifid, difficult, labyrinthian, incised, decomposable, Gordian, trifoliolate, quinquefoliate, even-pinnate, involved, pinnated, bipinnate, dissected, multifactorial, trilobate, paripinnate, decompound, thickening, compound, complicated, palmatifid, knotty, trifoliate, trifoliated, conjugate, interwoven, interlocking, tangled, lobate, tripinnate, tripinnatifid, odd-pinnate, ternate, labyrinthine, bipartite, pedate, tripinnated, trilobed, multiplex, three-lobed, interlinking, imparipinnate, bilobate, analyzable, composite, bilobated, cleft, binate, palm-shaped, trilobated, palmate, parted, Byzantine, interlacing, lobed, pinnatisect, colonial, sophisticated, pinnate, precocious, fancy, tortuous, bilobed, complex, convoluted, bipinnatifid, mazy, abruptly-pinnate

  8. simple, unsubdividedadjective

    (botany) of leaf shapes; of leaves having no divisions or subdivisions

    wide-eyed, dewy-eyed, simple-minded, dim-witted, elementary, unproblematic, simple(a), childlike, round-eyed, mere(a), unsubdivided, bare(a), uncomplicated

    interlinking, palmate, binate, trifoliolate, interwoven, complex, compound, daedal, palm-shaped, tortuous, abruptly-pinnate, difficult, interlocking, pinnate, complicated, intricate, colonial, Gordian, multiplex, pinnatisect, composite, lobate, involved, lobed, multifactorial, convoluted, trifoliate, parted, decomposable, bipinnate, radiate, bilobate, incised, odd-pinnate, pedate, interlacing, trifoliated, fancy, analyzable, conjugate, labyrinthine, tripinnatifid, paripinnate, bilobated, knotty, bipinnatifid, dissected, quinquefoliate, tripinnate, decompound, imparipinnate, thickening, three-lobed, sophisticated, bilobed, cleft, hard, trilobate, palmatifid, pinnatifid, trilobed, labyrinthian, mazy, precocious, trilobated, tripinnated, ternate, tangled, even-pinnate, Byzantine, bipartite, pinnated

  9. simpleadjective


    "a simple country schoolhouse"; "her black dress--simple to austerity"

    wide-eyed, dewy-eyed, simple-minded, dim-witted, elementary, unproblematic, simple(a), childlike, round-eyed, mere(a), unsubdivided, bare(a), uncomplicated

    parted, ternate, analyzable, hard, bipinnate, interwoven, bilobate, radiate, bipinnatifid, lobed, fancy, Byzantine, labyrinthine, trilobed, precocious, compound, incised, colonial, interlacing, dissected, complicated, pinnatifid, bilobated, tripinnated, decomposable, three-lobed, tripinnatifid, decompound, imparipinnate, palm-shaped, tangled, conjugate, sophisticated, difficult, pinnated, pinnatisect, bilobed, even-pinnate, palmate, cleft, pinnate, labyrinthian, trifoliated, trifoliate, multifactorial, trilobated, composite, odd-pinnate, complex, Gordian, multiplex, intricate, pedate, lobate, knotty, quinquefoliate, bipartite, involved, thickening, interlocking, tripinnate, trilobate, abruptly-pinnate, daedal, interlinking, binate, palmatifid, tortuous, trifoliolate, paripinnate, convoluted, mazy

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Editors Contribution

  1. map-key

    on a map key there is simple pictures so it is easy to read

    explanatory table of symbols used on a map or chart; also called map legend

    Submitted by rinat on June 9, 2017  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. simpleadjective

    single, uncombined, uncompounded, unmixed, elementary, bare, mere, not complex, nothing else but, not complicated

  2. simpleadjective

    plain, unadorned, unstudied, unvarnished, natural, chaste, neat

  3. simpleadjective

    artless, undesigning, sincere, unaffected, unconstrained, NAÏVE, frank, open, downright, inartificial, straightforward, true, simple-hearted, simple-minded

  4. simpleadjective

    silly, foolish, weak, not wise, not sagacious

  5. simplenoun

    medicinal plant

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. simpleadjective

    incomplex, uncompounded, single, elementary, uncombined, mere, plain, unaffected, artless, naïve, unsophisticated, credulous, gullible, silly, oafish

    complex, complicated, intricate, artful, crafty, elaborate

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  1. Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz:

    It is not simple or easy for the energy companies and I'm happy they agreed to accept these not-simple conditions.

  2. Sabri Dikman:

    The message is simple, don't do it. The desert is vast and it's treacherous, when you cross illegally you put your life in incredible peril. I'm telling you this not only as a Border Patrol agent, but as one who spent his entire 23-year career in Arizona. I speak from experience.

  3. Jon Stewart:

    I think this community is at the end of their rope, i think there's a feeling of disbelief, that they can't understand why they have to continually saddle up and ride down to Washington and make these appeals for something that should be simple but is somehow, through politics, made agonizingly difficult.

  4. Mark Karpeles:

    It's very tempting when you are not free and facing a system that every morning tells you just cooperate and everything will be simple.

  5. Ted Cruz:

    My views on immigration are simple.

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