- adjective consisting of a single chemical compound
- adjective not divided, either totally or partially, into separate segments
- adjective not very complicated
- acronym forSavings Incentive Match Plan for Employees (written as SIMPLE)
Origin & History of “simple”
Etymologically, simple denotes ‘same-fold’ – that is, not multifarious. It goes back ultimately to a compound formed from prehistoric Indo-European *sm-, *sem-, *som- ‘same’ (source also of English same, similar, single, etc) and *pl- ‘fold’ (source of English fold, ply, etc). this passed into Latin as simplus ‘single’, which found its way into English via Old French simple.