Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun simple

2 senses of simple

Sense 1
simple -- (any herbaceous plant having medicinal properties)
       => herb, herbaceous plant -- (a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests)

Sense 2
simpleton, simple -- (a person lacking intelligence or common sense)
       => person, individual, someone, somebody, mortal, soul -- (a human being; "there was too much for one person to do")

Antonyms of adj simple

7 senses of simple

Sense 1
simple (vs. complex) -- (having few parts; not complex or complicated or involved; "a simple problem"; "simple mechanisms"; "a simple design"; "a simple substance")

complex (vs. simple) -- (complicated in structure; consisting of interconnected parts; "a complex set of variations based on a simple folk melody"; "a complex mass of diverse laws and customs")
        => analyzable, decomposable -- (capable of being partitioned)
        => Byzantine, convoluted, involved, knotty, tangled, tortuous -- (highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious; "the Byzantine tax structure"; "Byzantine methods for holding on to his chairmanship"; "convoluted legal language"; "convoluted reasoning"; "the plot was too involved"; "a knotty problem"; "got his way by labyrinthine maneuvering"; "Oh, what a tangled web we weave"- Sir Walter Scott; "tortuous legal procedures"; "tortuous negotiations lasting for months")
        => colonial, compound -- (composed of many distinct individuals united to form a whole or colony; "coral is a colonial organism")
        => complicated -- (difficult to analyze or understand; "a complicated problem"; "complicated Middle East politics")
        => composite -- (consisting of separate interconnected parts)
        => compound -- (consisting of two or more substances or ingredients or elements or parts; "soap is a compound substance"; "housetop is a compound word"; "a blackberry is a compound fruit")
        => daedal -- (complex and ingenious in design or function; "the daedal hand of nature")
        => Gordian -- (extremely intricate; usually in phrase `Gordian knot')
        => interlacing, interlinking, interlocking, interwoven -- (linked or locked closely together as by dovetailing)
        => intricate -- (having many complexly arranged elements; elaborate; "intricate lacework")
        => labyrinthine, labyrinthian, mazy -- (resembling a labyrinth in form or complexity; "a labyrinthine network of tortuous footpaths")
        => multifactorial -- (involving or depending on several factors or causes (especially pertaining to a condition or disease resulting from the interaction of many genes))
        => multiplex -- (having many parts or aspects; "the multiplex problem of drug abuse")
        => thickening -- (becoming more intricate or complex; "a thickening plot")

Sense 2
elementary, simple, uncomplicated, unproblematic -- (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")

INDIRECT (VIA easy) -> difficult, hard -- (not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure; "a difficult task"; "nesting places on the cliffs are difficult of access"; "difficult times"; "why is it so hard for you to keep a secret?")

Sense 3
bare (prenominal), mere (prenominal), simple (prenominal) -- (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")

INDIRECT (VIA plain) -> fancy -- (not plain; decorative or ornamented; "fancy handwriting"; "fancy clothes")

Sense 4
childlike, wide-eyed, round-eyed, dewy-eyed, simple -- (exhibiting childlike simplicity and credulity; "childlike trust"; "dewy-eyed innocence"; "listened in round-eyed wonder")

INDIRECT (VIA naive) -> sophisticated -- (having or appealing to those having worldly knowledge and refinement and savoir-faire; "sophisticated young socialites"; "a sophisticated audience"; "a sophisticated lifestyle"; "a sophisticated book")

Sense 5
dim-witted, simple, simple-minded -- (lacking mental capacity and subtlety)

INDIRECT (VIA retarded) -> precocious -- (characterized by or characteristic of exceptionally early development or maturity (especially in mental aptitude); "a precocious child"; "a precocious achievement")

Sense 6
simple (vs. compound), unsubdivided -- ((botany) of leaf shapes; of leaves having no divisions or subdivisions)

compound (vs. simple) -- (composed of more than one part; "compound leaves are composed of several lobes; "compound flower heads")
        => bilobate, bilobated, bilobed -- (having two lobes; "a bilobate leaf")
        => binate -- (growing in two parts or in pairs; "binate leaves")
        => bipartite -- (divided into two portions almost to the base)
        => bipinnate -- (of a leaf shape; having doubly pinnate leaflets (as ferns))
        => bipinnatifid -- (pinnatifid with the segments also pinnatifid)
        => cleft, dissected -- (having one or more incisions reaching nearly to the midrib)
        => conjugate -- ((of a pinnate leaflet) having only one pair of leaflets)
        => decompound -- (of a compound leaf; consisting of divisions that are themselves compound)
        => even-pinnate, abruptly-pinnate, paripinnate -- ((of a leaf shape) pinnate with a pair of leaflets at the apex)
        => incised -- (sharply and deeply indented)
        => lobed, lobate -- (having deeply indented margins but with lobes not entirely separate from each other)
        => odd-pinnate, imparipinnate -- ((a leaf shape) pinnate with a single leaflet at the apex)
        => palmate, palm-shaped -- (of a leaf shape; having leaflets or lobes radiating from a common point)
        => palmatifid -- (of a leaf shape; palmately cleft rather than lobed)
        => parted -- (having a margin incised almost to the base so as to create distinct divisions or lobes)
        => pedate -- (of a leaf shape; having radiating lobes, each deeply cleft or divided)
        => pinnate, pinnated -- ((of a leaf shape) featherlike; having leaflets on each side of a common axis)
        => pinnatifid -- ((of a leaf shape) cleft nearly to the midrib in broad divisions not separated into distinct leaflets)
        => pinnatisect -- ((of a leaf shape) cleft nearly to the midrib in narrow divisions not separated into distinct leaflets)
        => quinquefoliate -- ((of a leaf shape) having five leaflets)
        => radiate -- (having rays or ray-like parts as in the flower heads of daisies)
        => ternate -- ((of a leaf shape) consisting of three leaflets or sections)
        => trifoliate, trifoliolate, trifoliated -- ((of a leaf shape) having three leaflets)
        => trilobate, trilobated, trilobed, three-lobed -- ((of a leaf shape) divided into three lobes)
        => tripinnate, tripinnated -- ((of a leaf shape) thrice pinnate)
        => tripinnatifid -- ((of a leaf shape) bipinnatifid with segments pinnatifid)

Sense 7
simple -- (unornamented; "a simple country schoolhouse"; "her black dress--simple to austerity")

INDIRECT (VIA plain) -> fancy -- (not plain; decorative or ornamented; "fancy handwriting"; "fancy clothes")

Similarity of adj simple

7 senses of simple

Sense 1
simple (vs. complex) -- (having few parts; not complex or complicated or involved; "a simple problem"; "simple mechanisms"; "a simple design"; "a simple substance")
       => simplex -- (having only one part or element; "a simplex word has no affixes and is not part of a compound--like `boy' compared with `boyish' or `house' compared with `houseboat'")
       => simplistic -- (characterized by extreme and often misleading simplicity; "a simplistic theory of the universe"; "simplistic arguments of the ruling party")
       => unanalyzable, undecomposable -- (representing the furthest possible extent of analysis or division into parts; "a feeling is a simple and undecomposable mental state"- G.S.Brett; "this weight of evidence is something mystical and unanalyzable"-M.R.Cohen)
       => uncomplicated, unsophisticated -- (lacking complexity; "small and uncomplicated cars for those really interested in motoring"; "an unsophisticated machine")
          Also See-> easy#1; plain#2; simple#6, unsubdivided#1

Sense 2
elementary, simple, uncomplicated, unproblematic -- (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")
       => easy (vs. difficult) -- (posing no difficulty; requiring little effort; "an easy job"; "an easy problem"; "an easy victory"; "the house is easy to heat"; "satisfied with easy answers"; "took the easy way out of his dilemma")

Sense 3
bare (prenominal), mere (prenominal), simple (prenominal) -- (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")
       => plain (vs. fancy) -- (not elaborate or elaborated; simple; "plain food"; "stuck to the plain facts"; "a plain blue suit"; "a plain rectangular brick building")

Sense 4
childlike, wide-eyed, round-eyed, dewy-eyed, simple -- (exhibiting childlike simplicity and credulity; "childlike trust"; "dewy-eyed innocence"; "listened in round-eyed wonder")
       => naive (vs. sophisticated), naif -- (marked by or showing unaffected simplicity and lack of guile or worldly experience; "a teenager's naive ignorance of life"; "the naive assumption that things can only get better"; "this naive simple creature with wide friendly eyes so eager to believe appearances")

Sense 5
dim-witted, simple, simple-minded -- (lacking mental capacity and subtlety)
       => retarded (vs. precocious) -- (relatively slow in mental or emotional or physical development; "providing a secure and sometimes happy life for the retarded")

Sense 6
simple (vs. compound), unsubdivided -- ((botany) of leaf shapes; of leaves having no divisions or subdivisions)
       => acerate, acerose, acicular, needle-shaped -- (narrow and long and pointed; as pine leaves)
       => acuminate -- ((of a leaf shape) narrowing to a slender point)
       => apiculate -- ((of a leaf shape) having a short sharply pointed tip)
       => caudate -- ((of a leaf shape) tapering gradually into a long taillike tip)
       => cordate, heart-shaped, cordiform -- ((of a leaf) shaped like a heart)
       => cuneate, wedge-shaped -- ((of a leaf shape) narrowly triangular, wider at the apex and tapering toward the base)
       => deltoid -- (triangular or suggesting a capital delta, with a point at the apex)
       => dolabriform, dolabrate -- (having the shape of the head of an ax or cleaver)
       => elliptic -- ((of a leaf shape) in the form of an ellipse)
       => ensiform, sword-shaped, swordlike, bladelike -- (shaped like a sword blade; "the iris has an ensiform leaf")
       => hastate, spearhead-shaped -- ((of a leaf shape) like a spear point, with flaring pointed lobes at the base)
       => lanceolate, lancelike -- ((of a leaf shape) shaped like a lance head; narrow and tapering to a pointed apex)
       => linear, elongate -- ((of a leaf shape) long and narrow)
       => lyrate -- ((of a leaf shape) having curvature suggestive of a lyre)
       => needled -- (of trees whose leaves are acerate)
       => two-needled -- ((of conifers) having two needles)
       => three-needled -- ((of conifers) having three needles)
       => four-needled -- ((of conifers) having four needles)
       => five-needled -- ((of conifers) having five needles)
       => obtuse -- ((of a leaf shape) rounded at the apex)
       => oblanceolate -- ((of a leaf shape) having a broad rounded apex and a tapering base)
       => oblong -- ((of a leaf shape) having a somewhat elongated form with approximately parallel sides)
       => obovate -- ((of a leaf shape) egg-shaped with the narrower end at the base)
       => orbiculate, orbicular -- (circular or nearly circular)
       => ovate -- (of a leaf shape; egg-shaped with the broader end at the base)
       => pandurate, panduriform, fiddle-shaped -- ((of a leaf shape) having rounded ends and a contracted center)
       => peltate, shield-shaped -- ((of a leaf shape) round, with the stem attached near the center of the lower surface rather than the margin (as a nasturtium leaf for example))
       => perfoliate -- ((of a leaf) having the base united around (and apparently pierced by) the stem)
       => reniform, kidney-shaped -- ((of a leaf or bean shape) resembling the shape of kidney)
       => sagittate, sagittiform, arrow-shaped -- ((of a leaf shape) like an arrow head without flaring base lobes)
       => spatulate, spatula-shaped -- ((of a leaf shape) having a broad rounded apex and a narrow base)
       => unlobed -- (without lobes)
          Also See-> simple#1; smooth#3

Sense 7
simple -- (unornamented; "a simple country schoolhouse"; "her black dress--simple to austerity")
       => plain (vs. fancy) -- (not elaborate or elaborated; simple; "plain food"; "stuck to the plain facts"; "a plain blue suit"; "a plain rectangular brick building")

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