simple-minded

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj simple-minded lacking mental capacity and subtlety
    • adj simple-minded lacking subtlety and insight "a simple-minded argument"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Simple-minded Artless; guileless; simple-hearted; undesigning; unsuspecting; devoid of duplicity.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • simple-minded Lacking intelligence or penetration; unsophisticated; artless.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Simple-minded having a simple mind: unsuspecting: undesigning
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Quotations

  • Alfred North Whitehead
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    “Simple solutions seldom are. It takes a very unusual mind to undertake analysis of the obvious.”
  • Gaston Bachelard
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    “Ideas are refined and multiplied in the commerce of minds. In their splendor, images effect a very simple communion of souls.”
  • Remy De Gourmont
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    “Very simple ideas lie within the reach only of complex minds”
  • Remy De Gourmont
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    “Simple ideas lie within the reach only of complex minds.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. simplex, the same—sim- (L. semel), root of plicāre, to fold.

Usage

In literature:

I wish I were as simple minded as most of them are.
"Mrs. Warren's Daughter" by Sir Harry Johnston
Such a view of it is natural to the unsophisticated pagan mind, and to all minds of clean, wholesome, and simple understanding.
"The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, Volume 8" by Ambrose Bierce
This story tells how a valuable solid silver service was stolen from the Misses Perkinpine, two very old and simple minded ladies.
"Gascoyne, The Sandal Wood Trader" by R. M. Ballantyne
He was very grateful, very uncomplaining, a simple-minded, honest, common, young peasant, with a charm uncommon.
"Joy in the Morning" by Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews
But then she was simple-minded, and would never suspect anything or anybody.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 13, No. 79, May, 1864" by Various
There is one simple impression made upon the mind.
"Humanly Speaking" by Samuel McChord Crothers
The slow-thoughted, simple-minded peasants looked after her, wondering.
"A Loose End and Other Stories" by S. Elizabeth Hall
The so-called cases of double consciousness are perfectly simple in their explanation when the true nature of memory is borne in mind.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. XXVI., December, 1880." by Various
He was an old simple-minded soldier, who had dined at home.
"The Physiology of Marriage, Complete" by Honore de Balzac
He is a very nice boy, as honest and simple-minded as you could wish.
"Prince Fortunatus" by William Black
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In poetry:

Religion's flight shone clear and bright,
And then the lesser lights appear'd;
Learning arose with quiet might,
And simple minds it rais'd and cheer'd.
"St. Patrick's Day" by Thomas Frederick Young
He was a simple country lad,
But of a roving mind.
"Oh, it must be like heaven," thought he,
"Those far-off foreign lands to see,
And fortune seek and find!"
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 2. The Musician's Tale; The Ballad of Carmilhan - II." by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Some deem I'm gentle, some I'm kind:
It may be so,—I cannot say.
I know I have a simple mind
And see things in a simple way;
And like a child I love to play.
"Second Childhood" by Robert W Service
Ah, we were simple of mind, now knowing,
How dreadful the heart of a man might be;
But the knowledge of evil is mighty of growing;
Only the deaf and the blind are free.
"The Three Pilgrims" by Archibald Lampman
Euphelia.
Here simple Nature strikes the enraptured eye
With charms, which wealth and art but ill supply;
The genuine graces, which without we find,
Display the beauty of the owner's mind.
"The Search After Happiness. A Pastoral Drama" by Hannah More
Be true, be true! whate'er beside
Of wit, or wealth, or rank be thine,
Unless with simple truth allied,
The gold that glitters in thy mind
Is only dross, the brass of pride
Or vainer tinsel, made to shine.
"Truth" by Martin Farquhar Tupper

In news:

It's a simple but mind-boggling answer.
Keep in mind a simple answer to this question is a bit of a challenge so I have tried to provide a very basic response.
The question is simple, and it's on the minds of BYU fans.
Simple Minded, Demanding, Analytical and Guarded .
Simple ways to keep your mind-body-spirit in balance this holiday season.
As much as I want to teach my clients everything I know about nutrition science, I've often seen a simple focus on mindfulness result in immediate, powerful results, particularly in social eating situations.
In his book "A Mindful Nation" and during regular public speaking engagements, Mr Ryan asserts that mindfulness is a simple, largely overlooked tonic for what ails us.
The simple, everyday faculty of attention is how we can become more mindful — more awake.
A figure that stands 10 stories tall in the minds of many and whose music challenged entire rule books rather than a few simple conventions, Monk 's grandness is hard to articulate in its scope or to split into single atoms.
The simple version is that the Olympics leapt from ancient Greece into the mind of Pierre de Coubertin in 1896.
However, they could not mindful of how these capsules can provide a damaging aspect impact if they use it in a common simple.
Auto-backups, sharing files, simple peace of mind.
One simple test can save a life and give you peace of mind.
Resolving conflict is not a simple task, but by keeping these guidelines in mind, it can be less painful and more effective.
SIMPLE MINDS - 1985.
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In science:

We shall prove that S is a simple-minded system over B .
Simple-minded systems in stable module categories
So Y is generated by hS ∪ e(B )i, and S is a simple-minded system over B .
Simple-minded systems in stable module categories
Liu, Simple-minded systems in stable module categories, preprint arXiv:1009.1427 .
On tilting complexes providing derived equivalences that send simple-minded objects to simple objects
The clear message is that this problem is as simple as elementary geometry when applied to the institutions and the parties, but potentially very complex in the minds of voters.
Some Quantum-Like Features of Mass Politics in Two-Party Systems
The reader should bear in mind that the two simple modules y appearing in Py have the same degree.
A generalized Koszul theory and its application
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