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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. In a plain and unadorned way: dresses simply.
  • adv. In an unambiguous way; clearly: explained the concept simply.
  • adv. Not wisely or sensibly; foolishly.
  • adv. Merely; only: It is simply a matter of time.
  • adv. Absolutely; altogether: simply delicious.
  • adv. Frankly; candidly: You are, quite simply, the best candidate for the job.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In a simple way or state; considered in or by itself; without addition; alone
  • adv. Plainly; without art or subtlety; clearly; obviously; unquestionably.
  • adv. Weakly; foolishly; stupidly.
  • adv. merely; solely.
  • adv. absolutely, positively.
  • adv. Frankly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a simple manner or state; considered in or by itself; without addition; along; merely; solely; barely.
  • adv. Plainly; without art or subtlety.
  • adv. Weakly; foolishly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a simple manner
  • Without extravagance or parade; unostentatiously.
  • without pretense or affectation; unassumingly; artlessly.
  • Without wisdom or discretion; unwisely; foolishly.
  • Merely; solely; only.
  • Hence— Absolutely; quite.
  • Absolutely; in the full sense of the words; not in a particular respect merely.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in a simple manner; without extravagance or embellishment
  • adv. absolutely
  • adv. absolutely; altogether; really
  • adv. and nothing more

Etymologies

simple +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

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