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Synonyms for simple
ˈsɪm pəl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. simple(noun)

    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, simple(adj)

    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. simple(adj)

    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, unproblematic(adj)

    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)(adj)

    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, simple(adj)

    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-minded(adj)

    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, unsubdivided(adj)

    (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. simple(adj)


    "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


  1. simple(adjective)


    complex, complicated, compound

  2. simple(adjective)

    Uncomplicated; taken by itself, with nothing added.



  3. simple(adjective)

    Without ornamentation; plain.


  4. simple(adjective)

    Free from duplicity; guileless, innocent, straightforward.


  5. simple(adjective)

    Undistinguished in social condition; of no special rank.


  6. simple(adjective)

    Trivial; insignificant.


  7. simple(adjective)

    Feeble-minded; foolish.


  8. simple(adjective)

    Consisting of one single substance; uncompounded.


  9. simple(adjective)

    Of a group: having no normal subgroup.


  10. simple(adjective)

    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.

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  

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  1. Graham Greene, The Human Factor (1978):

    Our worst enemies here are not the ignorant and simple, however cruel; our worst enemies are the intelligent and corrupt.

  2. William Ruckelshaus:

    When you accept a presidential appointment, you must remind yourself there are lines over which you will not step — lines impossible to define in advance but nevertheless always present, in this case, the line was bright and the decision was simple.

  3. e. e. cummings, on the death of Warren G. Harding, 1923:

    The only man, woman, or child who ever wrote a simple declarative sentence with seven grammatical errors is dead.

  4. Rodney Reese:

    Just a simple encounter. A simple encounter. That’s why I tried to dodge it, so I could make it home, I don’t know.

  5. Chris Bosh:

    They had very good confidence shooting the ball, they must have had a really had a good talk or something before the game because everybody was shooting. For us defensively and offensively we didn't execute in anything. It's really disappointing. Because we've got to the point where we should be able to execute simple things and we're not doing that at all. We're close but far at the same time.

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