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  • adjective Not elaborate; simple.

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  • adjective not elaborate; lacking rich or complex detail


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un- +‎ elaborate


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  • A cynic might find his unelaborate prescriptions almost reminiscent of Chauncey

    Humble Dalai Lama Simply a Superstar 2006

  • A cynic might find his unelaborate prescriptions almost reminiscent of Chauncey

    Humble Dalai Lama Simply a Superstar 2006

  • Since those quaintly simple and emphatic statements which, under the name of Froissart's Chronicles, seem to perpetuate the instinctive notion of History, as an honest and earnest, but unadorned and unelaborate narrative of military and political facts, -- not only has there been a continual refinement of style and enlargement of scope and art, but a greater complexity and subdivision in the historian's labors.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 06, No. 35, September, 1860 Various

  • This at once had the elements of a lie and the unelaborate truth; he couldn't see how his curiosity applied to him, and yet he was intent on its solving.

    Cytherea Joseph Hergesheimer 1917

  • It is the unelaborate magic of the Celtic temperament.

    Introduction 1912

  • His writings, few and unelaborate as they are, have won admiring praise from the judges whose verdict is fame.

    The Friendships of Women William Rounseville Alger 1863

  • In the following pages, the writer for the most part deals with small subjects in an unelaborate manner. 2010

  • On the one hand is the plain style now in vogue, characterized by unadorned vocabulary, directness, unelaborate syntax, and earthiness.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol X No 3 1984

  • It is reasonable, necessary even, to begin with the Soul of the All. Notice that if we are to explain and to be clear, we are obliged to use such words as “entry” and “ensoulment,” though never was this All unensouled, never did body subsist with soul away, never was there Matter unelaborate; we separate, the better to understand; there is nothing illegitimate in the verbal and mental sundering of things which must in fact be co-existent.

    The Six Enneads. Plotinus 1952

  • New York Times food writer Peter Meehan), struck me in a similar way: The recipes are organized from simple to knuckle-busters, but the process in which he arrives to the finished plate is appealingly unelaborate. - 2009


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