Sim*plic"i*ty (?), n. [F. simplicit'e, L. simplicitas. See Simple.]


The quality or state of being simple, unmixed, or uncompounded; as, the simplicity of metals or of earths.


The quality or state of being not complex, or of consisting of few parts; as, the simplicity of a machine.


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.


Freedom from artificial ornament, pretentious style, or luxury; plainness; as, simplicity of dress, of style, or of language; simplicity of diet; simplicity of life.


Freedom from subtlety or abstruseness; clearness; as, the simplicity of a doctrine; the simplicity of an explanation or a demonstration.


Weakness of intellect; silliness; folly.

How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning? Prov. i. 22.


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