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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.


adjective artless, bare, basal, basic, clear, crude, downright, elemental, elementary, frank, free of duplicity, fundamental, guileless, homespun, inartificial, incomplex, inconditus, ingenuous, intelligible, irreducible, mere, natural, open, plain, primary, pure, rudimentary, rustic, simple-minded, simplified, sincere, sincerus, single, straightforward, unadorned, unadulterated, unaffected, unalloyed, uncombined, uncomplicated, uncompounded, unconstrained, undecorated, understandable, unembellished, uninvolved, unmingled, unmixed, unpretentious, unsophisticated, unstudied, unvarnished, without confusion
Associated concepts: simple assault, simple battery, simple contract, simple larceny, simple will
See also: clear, coherent, comprehensible, credulous, elementary, facile, familiar, fatuous, genuine, household, ingenuous, innocuous, lucid, mere, mundane, naive, naked, narrow, nominal, obtuse, only, opaque, ordinary, pellucid, puerile, pure, rudimentary, sincere, stark, unadulterated, unaffected, unobtrusive, unpretentious, unsuspecting

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.

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We must find a simpler way of getting out - and I think I have.
A little water made to rotate in a cup explains the formation of the simpler shells; the addition of matter from year to year, arrives at last at the most complex forms; and yet so poor is nature with all her craft, that from the beginning to the end of the universe she has but one stuff, -- but one stuff with its two ends, to serve up all her dream-like variety.
Probably, because the ape's would be far simpler than those of the higher organism.
It is much simpler, and far more likely, to believe that my death is needed--the death of an insignificant atom--in order to fulfil the general harmony of the universe--in order to make even some plus or minus in the sum of existence.
for it is the inlet of that higher illumination which teaches to convey a larger sense by simpler symbols.
The CoR the EU's assembly of local and regional authorities was reacting to EC proposals that aim to create a simpler CAP to support Europe's agricultural sector at a time when many farmers have been hit by tumbling prices.
Simpler has led the charge for new innovations in sustainable building design.
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Mr Johnson said this would make life a lot simpler for many travellers on a daily basis and improve links to the City and Canary Wharf.
The advantage of an online store, per Brenda Simpler, Managing Director of The Simpler Group, is to "expand the brick and mortar store to the online environment.
It was so much simpler when the challenge was water hoses, police dogs and Bull Connor.
Removing questions does not necessarily guarantee a simpler need determination system.