I always thought the word "simpleness" didn't exist and this was even confirmed by some American friends of mine. However, I tried to look it up on some online dictionaries and I was surprised to find out that some of them report this word while others don't. What's the story behind "simpleness"?
closed as general reference by MetaEd♦, Kristina Lopez, Hellion, Kris, choster May 22 '13 at 13:29
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Simpleness does not necessarily mean the same as simplicity.
For example, simple time in music is a time signature (basic rhythm) which is not compound time. Simple time has simpleness, not simplicity.
OED has a number of similar definitions:
- Absence of pride, ostentation, or pretentiousness; plain or unassuming disposition or manners.
- Absence of duplicity or guile; innocence, integrity, guilelessness.
- a. Deficiency in knowledge or learning, ignorance; also, lack of mental acuteness, intellectual weakness, foolishness.
- a. Poor or lowly condition; also, lack of elegance or refinement; plainness of dress, etc.
- Absence of complexity; freedom from complications; simple character.