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Complicated vs. Simple

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Complicatedadjective

Difficult or convoluted.

‘It seems this complicated situation will not blow over soon.’;

Simpleadjective

Uncomplicated; taken by itself, with nothing added.

Complicatedadjective

(biology) Folded longitudinally (as in the wings of certain insects).

Simpleadjective

Without ornamentation; plain.

Complicatedverb

simple past tense and past participle of complicate

‘The process of fixing the car engine was complicated by the lack of tools.’;

Simpleadjective

Free from duplicity; guileless, innocent, straightforward.

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Complicatedadjective

difficult to analyze or understand;

‘a complicated problem’; ‘complicated Middle East politics’;

Simpleadjective

Undistinguished in social condition; of no special rank.

Complicatedadjective

consisting of many interconnecting parts or elements; intricate

‘a complicated stereo system’;

Simpleadjective

Trivial; insignificant.

Complicatedadjective

involving many different and confusing aspects

‘a long and complicated saga’;

Simpleadjective

Feeble-minded; foolish.

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Complicatedadjective

involving complications

‘complicated appendicitis’;

Simpleadjective

Structurally uncomplicated.

Simpleadjective

(chemistry) Consisting of one single substance; uncompounded.

Simpleadjective

(mathematics) Of a group: having no normal subgroup.

Simpleadjective

(botany) Not compound, but possibly lobed.

Simpleadjective

Using steam only once in its cylinders, in contrast to a compound engine, where steam is used more than once in high-pressure and low-pressure cylinders.

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Simpleadjective

(zoology) Consisting of a single individual or zooid; not compound.

‘a simple ascidian’;

Simpleadjective

(mineralogy) Homogenous.

Simpleadjective

(obsolete) Mere; not other than; being only.

Simplenoun

(medicine) A herbal preparation made from one plant, as opposed to something made from more than one plant.

Simplenoun

A physician.

Simplenoun

(logic) A simple or atomic proposition.

Simplenoun

(obsolete) Something not mixed or compounded.

Simplenoun

(weaving) A drawloom.

Simplenoun

(weaving) Part of the apparatus for raising the heddles of a drawloom.

Simplenoun

(Roman Catholic) A feast which is not a double or a semidouble.

Simpleverb

To gather simples, i.e., medicinal herbs.

Simpleadjective

Single; not complex; not infolded or entangled; uncombined; not compounded; not blended with something else; not complicated; as, a simple substance; a simple idea; a simple sound; a simple machine; a simple problem; simple tasks.

Simpleadjective

Plain; unadorned; as, simple dress.

Simpleadjective

Mere; not other than; being only.

‘A medicine . . . whose simple touchIs powerful to araise King Pepin.’;

Simpleadjective

Not given to artifice, stratagem, or duplicity; undesigning; sincere; true.

‘Full many fine men go upon my score, as simple as I stand here, and I trust them.’; ‘Must thou trust Tradition's simple tongue?’; ‘To be simple is to be great.’;

Simpleadjective

Artless in manner; unaffected; unconstrained; natural; inartificial;; straightforward.

‘In simple manners all the secret lies.’;

Simpleadjective

Direct; clear; intelligible; not abstruse or enigmatical; as, a simple statement; simple language.

Simpleadjective

Weak in intellect; not wise or sagacious; of but moderate understanding or attainments; hence, foolish; silly.

‘The simple believeth every word; but the prudent man looketh well to his going.’;

Simpleadjective

Not luxurious; without much variety; plain; as, a simple diet; a simple way of living.

‘Thy simple fare and all thy plain delights.’;

Simpleadjective

Humble; lowly; undistinguished.

‘A simple husbandman in garments gray.’; ‘Clergy and laity, male and female, gentle and simple made the fuel of the same fire.’;

Simpleadjective

Without subdivisions; entire; as, a simple stem; a simple leaf.

Simpleadjective

Not capable of being decomposed into anything more simple or ultimate by any means at present known; elementary; thus, atoms are regarded as simple bodies. Cf. Ultimate, a.

Simpleadjective

Homogenous.

Simpleadjective

Consisting of a single individual or zooid; as, a simple ascidian; - opposed to compound.

‘I am a simple woman, much too weakTo oppose your cunning.’; ‘He is the companion of the silliest people in their most silly pleasure; he is ready for every impertinent entertainment and diversion.’;

Simplenoun

Something not mixed or compounded.

Simplenoun

A medicinal plant; - so called because each vegetable was supposed to possess its particular virtue, and therefore to constitute a simple remedy.

‘What virtue is in this remedy lies in the naked simple itself as it comes over from the Indies.’;

Simplenoun

A drawloom.

Simplenoun

A feast which is not a double or a semidouble.

Simpleverb

To gather simples, or medicinal plants.

‘As simpling on the flowery hills she [Circe] strayed.’;

Simplenoun

any herbaceous plant having medicinal properties

Simplenoun

a person lacking intelligence or common sense

Simpleadjective

having few parts; not complex or complicated or involved;

‘a simple problem’; ‘simple mechanisms’; ‘a simple design’; ‘a simple substance’;

Simpleadjective

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’;

Simpleadjective

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’;

Simpleadjective

exhibiting childlike simplicity and credulity;

‘childlike trust’; ‘dewy-eyed innocence’; ‘simple courtesy’;

Simpleadjective

lacking mental capacity and devoid of subtlety

Simpleadjective

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

Simpleadjective

not elaborate in style; unornamented;

‘a simple country schoolhouse’; ‘her black dress--simple to austerity’;

Simpleadjective

easily understood or done; presenting no difficulty

‘a simple solution’; ‘camcorders are now so simple to operate’;

Simpleadjective

used to emphasize the fundamental and straightforward nature of something

‘the simple truth’;

Simpleadjective

plain, basic, or uncomplicated in form, nature, or design; without much decoration or ornamentation

‘the house is furnished in a simple country style’; ‘a simple white blouse’;

Simpleadjective

humble and unpretentious

‘a quiet unassuming man with simple tastes’;

Simpleadjective

composed of a single element; not compound.

Simpleadjective

denoting a group that has no proper normal subgroup.

Simpleadjective

(of a leaf or stem) not divided or branched.

Simpleadjective

(of a lens, microscope, etc.) consisting of a single lens or component.

Simpleadjective

(in English grammar) denoting a tense formed without an auxiliary, for example sang as opposed to was singing.

Simpleadjective

(of interest) payable on the sum loaned only.

Simpleadjective

of very low intelligence.

Simplenoun

a medicinal herb, or a medicine made from one

‘the gatherers of simples’;

Simpleinterjection

used to convey that something is very straightforward

‘I don't overanalyse. I listen, I like, I buy. Simple!’;

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