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Unmixed; not aggravated or compounded.

A simple assault, for example, is one that is not accompanied by any circumstances of aggravation, such as assault with a deadly weapon.

Simple interest is a fixed amount paid in exchange for a sum of money lent. The interest generated on the amount borrowed does not itself earn interest, unlike interest earned where parties agree to compound interest.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

SIMPLE. Not compounded, alone; as, simple interest, which is interest on the principal sum lent only and not interest on the interest; simple contract, &c.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The simple-mindedness of my question and the naivety on my face made my friends from Ecorum feel sorry.
He further stated that Turkey has accepted deployment of the NATO missile shield on its territory either because of the simple-mindedness of Ankara officials or their backstage collusion with the western states.
Abdullah Ali Ibrahim in his column Nevertheless in the Citizen newspaper (November 5, 2009 Issue) likened Salva Kiir's picking up of the reign after the untimely demise of chairman John Garan to Khallifa Abdullahi inheriting the power from Imam Mohamed Ahmed Almahadi: "Both of them replaced a leader that possessed a revolutionary charisma [who died too early] before managing to lay one brick to the state's mansion." And as for the Sudani newspaper's columnist, Al Haj Warag, during an exchange with this author last Wednesday (November, 11, 2009) at a discussion forum organised by another Khartoum-based think-tank, the idea that South Sudanese will even be allowed by the all-powerful NCP party to freely vote in a referendum is nothing short of simple-mindedness, naivety, and illusion.
to bring out the simple-mindedness of the character, and this was the strength of Ms.
Wondering at the naivety of my approach, I nevertheless found great solace in the simple-mindedness of the entire idea.
The simple-mindedness of the scheme was quickly debunked but then, believe it or not, a lengthy debate ensued concerning means of eliminating the shortcomings before, mercifully, it was all put to rest with mathematics.