I'm looking for a word that describes the simplest, most complete theory: concise, elegant, complete

  • Do you mean the simplest (etc) out of those that are on offer, or one which is a simple (etc) as can be? If the latter then, since you seem to be asking for a word for a theory that is the best in all regards, you might consider "ideal" or "perfect". – Rupe Jun 3 '14 at 15:11
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    I don't see why 'elegant' wouldn't suffice. For example, I'd describe the theory of Evolution (which is simple, concise, and complete) as elegant. – njboot Jun 3 '14 at 15:14
  • The simplest theory is not necessarily the most complete one. Nor is the simplest (or the most complete) theory necessarily particularly concise or elegant. Which one are you looking for? – Janus Bahs Jacquet Jun 3 '14 at 15:18
  • I agree with @rupe something which possess all positive qualities sought after in its category is "ideal" or "perfect" – P. O. Jun 3 '14 at 15:27
  • Occam's stubble? ; ) – Brian Donovan Jun 3 '14 at 17:34

Consider succinct

marked by brevity and clarity; concise

The term gem is sometimes used in a similar fashion

a person or thing held to be a perfect example; treasure

This tends to be used when something is simple in its elegance. Jewel may laso be used in a similar, somewhat idiomatic manner.



an elegant theory

might suit you. There does not seem to be necessary to look for a more complicated word. Some definitions relating to "elegant" :

-(of theories, solutions, computer programs, etc.) gracefully concise and simple; admirably succinct.

-cleverly simple; ingenious: an elegant solution to a problem.

-an elegant mathematical solution--simple and precise and lucid

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    A more complex word might itself be inelegant. – Wlerin Jun 3 '14 at 21:03

"Comprehensive" might be what you're looking for. Or perhaps "precise".

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