simplicity


simplicity
[[t]sɪmplɪ̱sɪti[/t]]
1) N-UNCOUNT: usu with supp The simplicity of something is the fact that it is not complicated and can be understood or done easily.

The apparent simplicity of his plot is deceptive...

Because of its simplicity, this test could be carried out easily by a family doctor.

2) N-UNCOUNT: usu with supp (approval) When you talk about something's simplicity, you approve of it because it has no unnecessary parts or complicated details.

...fussy details that ruin the simplicity of the design...

A pair of jewelled earrings will liven up this dress without detracting from its simplicity.

3) PHRASE: v-link PHR (emphasis) If you say that something is simplicity itself, you are emphasizing that it is very simple or easy.

The kitchen is simplicity itself, relying on a combination of good design, craftsmanship and quality materials for its effect...

Using a credit card to pay for an order is simplicity itself.


English dictionary. 2008.

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