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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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